A new pavilion including improved change rooms at Kelly Park should be completed by May, after Wodonga Council officers recommending awarding a $685,350 contract for the project.
A report to be considered by councillors at Monday's meeting states the works are necessary to improve facilities at one of Wodonga's most used sporting venues.
"The vision for Kelly Park includes providing equitable quality facilities for soccer and cricket and an attractive recreation setting for locals and visitors," the report stated. "
"The existing pavilion has had limited refurbishment since its construction.
"The player and officials change rooms are significantly outdated with concrete open showers and uninviting toilet cubicles.
"The proposed project is required to maximise the capacity of the facility to cater for increased participation in Wodonga.
"The completion of this project will provide more appropriate facilities encouraging greater female and junior participation in football and cricket at Kelly Park."
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There were 15 companies that submitted tenders for the project, but the council has recommended the contract be awarded to Albury-Wodonga based company Afonso Building Solutions.
The company is also a sponsor of one of Kelly Park's users, Twin City Wanderers.
The council report stated the decision was made in adherence with its tendering policy and Afonso "provided the best value for money option for the council".
"Afonso Building Solutions Pty Ltd is a well-established locally based business employing local employees and sub-contractors. They have a local focus in procurement activities and strong history of supporting local community groups and sporting teams," it stated.
Wodonga Council will provide $87,000 to the new pavilion along with $200,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria, $30,000 from Twin City Wanderers, $25,000 from Belvoir Cricket Club and $460,000 in federal government funding.
Council sport and recreation manager Liona Edwards said irrigation works were also completed last year.
"The tender is for the redevelopment of the club rooms, which will make them fully accessible and female friendly," she said.
The project has a completion date of May 31.
Councillors will also be asked to consider awarding a $480,375 tender to construct an additional netball court and car park at Birallee Park.
The car park was part of the plan for the recently completed Regional Cricket Hub.
Officers selected Excell Gray Bruni as providing the best value for money option for the council.