Final go-ahead for Waimate Stadium

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Construction work on the Waimate District Community Complex, also known as Waimate Stadium, is set to begin within six months.

At its meeting on February 3, the Waimate District Council delegated final approval for outstanding matters to Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley and council chief executive Bede Carran.

Essentially that means council has no further formal decisions to make on the project, which is expected to cost $3.8 million, with concept plans having already been approved and final approval of the detailed design to be handled by Mr Rowley and Mr Carran.

The project was also dependent on agreement being reached with the complex’s sponsor, who has been confirmed as Waimate businessman Gary Rooney.

Waimate District Council property and regulatory services manager Sue Kelly said there was now assurance around the project’s future.

“Council’s decision allows all parties to move forward with certainty and supports the significant financial investment which the sponsor and the engineers have made up to this point. It also supports the significant contribution made by members of the Waimate district community throughout the past 10 years, as all options have been canvassed for an improved stadium facility.”

While not confirmed, work is expected to begin in July or August and will to take between eight and 10 months.

The first stage will see the construction of the part of the complex which will house two sports courts, ablutions, a function room, offices, a meeting room and the main entrance area.

Stage two involves the demolition of the existing court area, construction of the fitness centre area and ablutions, and improvements to the existing squash club social area.

“The project has been planned in this way to ensure that there will be only minor, if any, interruption to users of the facility during the build process,” Mrs Kelly said.

The Waimate District Community Complex Fundraising Committee, council and Waimate District Charitable Trust will hold public meetings to discuss the project with residents, while concept plans and drawings will be displayed around Waimate.

By Daniel Birchfield