Newly elected Clarence Valley Mayor, Peter Johnstone, is urging the community to get behind Council’s decision to proceed with two major facility redevelopments.
Mayor Johnstone said that as a result of the vote, the new Regional Aquatic Centre in Grafton was anticipated to be completed by next summer, and Council would retain the $11 million in grant funding allocated to the Yamba Community Precinct.
“There has been a difference of opinion over the best way to complete these projects, but Council has now decided on the best approach to take and it is now time to move forward,” he said.
The tender for the $29.1 million Regional Aquatic Centre has been awarded to Hines Construction, with work to commence onsite as soon as possible on Stage 1 and 2 including:
- Demolition of existing 50m and dive pools, and facilities;
- Indoor facility
- Splash pad
- Electrical substation
- Outdoor 50m pool and grandstand
- Refurbishment of existing amenities
The tender for the purpose-built $16.3 million Yamba Community Precinct was awarded to Bennett Constructions, with works now to commence including:
- Demolition of the former community centre
- Art gallery space
- Youth space
- Commercial/community kitchen
- Meeting rooms with flexible configuration
- Accessible amenities