FOLLOWING 115 planning changes and a multitude of meetings, work on Tallangatta’s “biggest project since the 1950s” will begin today.
A building crew will descend on Tallangatta’s Rowen Park to prepare for construction of a $1.3 million sporting and community centre.
A sod turning by Towong Shire deputy mayor David Wortmann yesterday morning signalled the start of the project which comes 60 years after the park, which hosts Tallangatta’s football, cricket and netball clubs, was developed.
It will replace a 1950s wooden kiosk, which doubled as makeshift change rooms for netballers and housed timekeepers.
It was demolished after the football club’s last home match this season.
It had originally been hoped the project, which was flagged when Victorian Sport Minister Hugh Delahunty visited Tallangatta in March 2012 to announce $679,000 in state government funding, would have been completed for the start of this season.
However, the need to revise inclusions for the building prompted various changes, according to Tallangatta Sports Centre Building Project convener Peter Haysey.
“We’ve had many iterations of the plans and we’ve had to make some adjustments, in the end things in the original concept have had to come out,” Mr Haysey said.
“We’ve had to cut the cloth to fit the dollars, but it’s certainly the biggest project in Tallangatta since the 1950s.”
Mr Haysey cited a kitchen fitout, furnishing of the function centre and landscaping as items that would now be done through in-kind contributions.
He said $150,000 worth of work, including earthworks, concreting and tiling, was already slated as in-kind.
Tawonga South building contractor Andrew Randell, whose company Barton St Development, won the tender for the project, said up to 50 personnel would work on the project which is due to be completed for next football season.
He said 115 revisions had been made to the original drawings for the building to meet the budget.
Towong mayor Mary Fraser joined three of the four other councillors to oversee the sod-turning.
“The facility that was being used was deteriorating and not a particularly substantial building, so it will be great that users get something they’re happy with,” Cr Fraser said.