Brighton Oval to be upgraded

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Work could start late this year on a $12 million overhaul of Brighton Oval, which has been more than a decade in the making.

Holdfast Bay Council this week voted to seek building tenders for the project’s $8 million first stage, which includes three new clubrooms for Brighton Oval’s sports clubs.

Brighton Rugby Union Football Club president Wayne Londema said its clubroom would allow it to increase income through bookings, retain older members and attract more women to the sport.

“We’re short on quality change rooms and toilets to allow mixed gender sport and we also have no disability access and this will address that,” he said.

“We have young families with kids with strollers, and older people that have difficulty getting up stairs.”

The revamped oval will feature a new two-storey clubroom for footballers and cricketers, and two others for Brighton’s rugby and lacrosse teams.

Lacrosse club president Jason Webb said members had progressively built their clubroom since the early 1960s, and they had long outgrown their headquarters.

“It will be a little sad to see the old club go but we have to look towards future generations while we still honour the history of the clubrooms we’ve all grown up in,” he said.

The $8 million set aside for the project — including $6 million from the council and the remainder from the State Government — will pay for the new buildings.

However, a wider upgrade supported by locals would cost about another $4 million, featuring landscaping, carparking works, shade areas, barbecues and new play equipment.

“To get it finished off completely, we really need federal funding,” Mr Webb said.

Holdfast Bay city assets and services general manager Howard Lacy said in the next few weeks, the council would call for tenders to appoint a managing contractor.

Building work would then start either late this year or early next year and be complete by June 2020.

Councillors voted to use an “innovative” ‘early contractor involvement’ (ECI) arrangement for the project, whereby a contractor would manage the build within the target price.

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