Tender is for centre announced

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
An artists impression of the new pavillion at the Harvey recreation and Cultural Centre.
Camera IconAn artists impression of the new pavillion at the Harvey recreation and Cultural Centre.

Construction of the long-awaited Harvey Community and Sporting Facility will begin this month after the successful tender was announced last week.

Bunbury firm Civilcon WA has been confirmed as the winning tender for the $1.5 million contract to renovate and upgrade the current Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre.

The firm won the contract ahead of seven other companies from around the country.

Civilcon WA recently won two other Harvey shire projects: the redesign and rebuild of the Yaloop Community Centre and stage 2 of the Brunswick Cottages redevelopment.

Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre acting manager Paula Vaughan said she and the other staff were excited by news.

“We are very excited the tender for the new community facility has been announced,” Mrs Vaughan said.

“This is more than 12 years in the making.”

Mrs Vaughan said the new facility would be a great asset to the community, allowing clubs that do not have a home to store equipment as well as come together and celebrate their achievements.

The upgrades to the centre, include a multi-purpose community and sporting area, a social room, change rooms, kitchen and kiosk facilities, designed to support the community’s needs for the next 20 years.

“The state-of-the-art facility will allow spectators to watch their sport in comfort from the raised veranda,” Mrs Vaughan said.

“There will also been canteen facilities available for the clubs should they wish to use it.”

The role of centre to potentially act as an evacuation facility was not forgotten in the planning of the upgrades.

Mrs Vaughan said lessons learnt from the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfires helped shaped the plan and layout of the centre.

“It will allow for people to be a bit more comfortable should they need to use the centre during an evacuation,” she said.

“The main evacuation room will be air-conditioned and the layout will allow people to charge their phones so they can keep in touch with family in emergency situations.”

All tenders were assessed against strict criteria and were independently assessed for compliance with the tender documents.

Funding for the Harvey Community and Sporting facility is included in shire council’s 2018/19 Budget.

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