A $600,335 upgrade to the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre is underway.
The project has been made possible thanks to $430,000 from the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Victoria Community Facility Funding Program, $113,556 from the Federal Government’s Move It Australia Grant Program, $49,878 from Council as part of the 2019/2020 Budget and $6,901 raised through community funds at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre.
As part of the major upgrade, the existing male and female change rooms will be renovated and a Changing Places changes room will be constructed in the swimming pool area.
The Changing Places change room will be a fully accessible space with change table, toilet, shower, ceiling mounted hoist and compliant grab rails.
The existing men’s and women’s change rooms will be renovated with new toilets, showers, seating, flooring, improved ventilation, installation of water efficient fittings, installation of non-slip flooring, new benches to suit people with mobility issues, hand basins and dividing partition walls in men’s and women’s change rooms.
The upgrade project will also deliver a disability friendly entry to the pool area, modifications to the main reception area, a new pedestrian pathway and disabled car parking.
Future works at the Maryborough Sports & Leisure Centre will include improvements to the floor and seating replacements on both courts in the Matthew Dellavedova Stadium.
These include resurfacing and relining with one court featuring netball and basketball lines while the other will include markings for a variety of sports.
Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the major upgrade was a welcome one for the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre.
“We know the Centre was in need of a renovation and we are thankful that through both Federal and State funding we’ve been able to make this project a reality for our community.
“This project will see the Centre become a first class sports and leisure centre for not only those in our Shire but for those travelling to use our facilities from further afield.
“We hope that the upgrade encourages more people in our community to get active more often and I’m looking forward to seeing this project complete and enjoyed by those of all ages.
“With the Centre currently closed due to the Government Stage Three restrictions we’ve been able to get this project moving quicker than hoped and with less inconvenience on our users.”
Contractors, FNG Group, are delivering the renovations in the pool area while Council’s Works team will undertake the line marking.
Both projects will be complete by 31 July.
These works will complement the LED lighting replacement in the basketball stadium that was carried out earlier this year.