A $4.8 million ‘Agricultural Multi-Purpose Centre’ at Freeling will this month begin to rise from recently cleared land, marking an exciting era for the community.
To be built between the town’s oval and Hanson Street, delivery of the centre culminates in more than 10 years of planning and will provide “critical economic growth” to the town.
The project has already served as an early win to the community, for the football and cricket clubs, Light Regional Council manager strategic projects, Simon Sherriff explained.
The replacement of a temporary football changerooms was created for this season after the original rooms were demolished to make way for the new facility.
The change meant a permanent shed, which was built and temporarily used as football changerooms, will be transitioned to the cricket clubrooms once the football club has access to the new facility.
Mr Sherriff, who is coordinating the delivery of the project on behalf of a steering committee – made up of council representatives and the Freeling Community Recreation Park management committee – met on site last week to mark the construction phase.
Freeling Football Club president Dominic Shepley shared how local support had made the project happen. “Our team of local tradies and farmers worked really well with the council to deliver a super-fast and high-quality build that is a real bonus for the clubs,” he said.
Mr Sherriff said the recent Commonwealth Games provided a unique opportunity for the steering committee to learn about the multi-use suitability of hall floor surface technology and see it in action.
Freeling Community Recreation Park management committee president Mr Carmichael said the choice of floor material in the hall and the layout of the kitchen and cafe had required the deepest consideration so far.
“Hall floor surface is perhaps the most critical element to the success of this project, due to the combined sports and agricultural use of the multi-purpose centre,” he said.
The project includes a main trade’s hall, training and meeting rooms for community use, toilets and showers, kitchen and store room, creche room, equipment and change rooms for sport, car parking and landscaping.
With assistance of a grant from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, work is expected to be completed by April, in time for the 2019 football season. Construction will be carried out by Ahrens Group Pty Ltd.