Companies sought for $46.5 million works

An artist’s impression of the Bendigo Stadium expansion.CONSTRUCTION companies will be sought from this weekend to complete $46.5 million of major construction workin the City of Greater Bendigo.

The council will call for expressions of interest from Saturday for the construction of the $30 million aquatic centre in Kangaroo Flat and the $16.5 million expansion of the Bendigo Stadium.

The two projects are believed to be the largest package of works to be completed in the City of Greater Bendigo.

The final design of the aquatic centre will be determined when a centre operator is chosen.

A petition opposing the demolition of the Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre –to make way for the aquatic centre –will be discussed bycouncil next week.

Bendigo mayor Peter Cox said he could understand the disappointmentfrom some in Kangaroo Flat at the demolition of the leisure centre, but said council was committed to “moving on with the project”.

“In public life, council can’t satisfy everybody’s needs all the time,” he said.

“I think we’ve done our very best to get the best possible outcome with a mix of retaining public open space, retaining the oval, and building a new aquatic and wellbeing centre.”

Cr Cox was one of four councillors to vote against the project in its current form when it came before council earlier this year.

Despite his previous position, he said the aquatic centre would be a “win-win” for the city.

Construction of the aquatic centre is expected to begin in the early part of 2016, and will take 15 months to complete.

The interior design of the aquatic centre will be finalised when an operator is chosen.

Council will also enter a procurement process for the Bendigo Stadium development, which includes a new 4000-seat arena and the expansion of other sporting areas.

The project is expected to take 12 months and will also begin early next year.

Bendigo Stadium chairman Brendon Goddard said it was pleasing to see the project moving to the next stage.

“We’ve workedon this since 2009, so this is a very long gestation period. So the quicker we can start, the better off we’ll be,” he said.

“No other place in Bendigo will be able to seat 4000. We reckon we can seat about 2000 on the floor of it as well, so there’s opportunities.”

The aquatic centre included $15 million in state government funding, plus funding from the City of Greater Bendigo, the Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise and the commercial operator.

The stadium expansion has been funded with $10 million from the Bendigo Stadium, $5 million from the state government and $1.5 million from the City of Greater Bendigo.

Director of city futures Stan Liacos said there would be opportunities for dozens of local businesses to be involved in the build of the two projects.

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