THE building company constructing the $2.5 million Upper Murray Events Centre in Corryong is hoping to be back on site on Monday to commence a race against time to have the facility completed ahead of the region's biggest tourism money-spinner.
Director Andrew Randell said he originally planned to have work crews back on site on January 2, but they have been delayed due to the Upper Murray bushfires which broke out before new year.
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Fire came to to the edge of the Corryong Recreation Reserve where the events centre is being built before being halted.
"At this stage we are mobilising for Monday, but obviously it depends on what happens in next couple of days," Mr Randell said.
"We were planning to go back on January 2 so we've lost a bit of time.
"It's a mess up there and is going to take a long time to straighten out, but the building site is fine.
"We didn't suffer any damage thanks to a strike team that got there in the nick of time.
"Quarter of an hour later we wouldn't have had a building at all."
Mr Randell said the restoration of power supplies into Corryong and access into the town for building materials were among the obstacles to overcome if the events centre was to be completed before the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival is held on April 2-5.
"We will need to provide our own power and transport waste materials out," he said.
When complete, the building will feature a full wall of windows looking out onto the sporting ground and from the major events space an undercover walkway leads to a second building housing changerooms, additional indoor training spaces and team rooms to be used in the football-netball and cricket seasons.
Mr Randell said the rear changerooms building was more advanced than the function area building when work stopped for the Christmas-New Year period.
The paddock used for the cross-country section of the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival Challenge was impacted by fire.