Lockdown slows work on Goulburn’s performing arts and aquatic centers

NSW COVID-19 restrictions impacted development work on two major projects in the town of Goulburn, NSW Southern Tablelands.

Since the lockdown measures were introduced, only a quarter of the usual workforce has been on site in the new redevelopment of the Performing Arts Center and the Regional Towns Aquatic and Recreation Center.

Explaining the delay, Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Bob Kirk said that “like anyone else trying to build right now, we face challenges which, unfortunately, will cause delays in completing projects.

“It has become nearly impossible for our Project Managers at the Performing Arts Center and Aquatic Center to access the Sydney and Canberra workforce for projects due to the blockages. I know we’ve tried to use local tradespeople where possible, but the reality is that most of our locals are already engaged in projects, so we haven’t been able to fill the gap.

With the Goulburn Performing Arts Center and the Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Center to be completed and open in February next year, Mayor Kirk added that “both projects will likely have extended practical completion dates, and we will keep the community in the know, whatever the situation. unclear how long they will be delayed until restrictions are relaxed. When they are relaxed, we hope both projects will resume quickly. “

Zauner Constructions is building the $ 18.95 million Goulburn Performing Arts Center, which is an adaptive reuse of the old Town Hall and McDermott Center.

Despite the challenges, the framing of the internal walls of the auditorium would continue, although the gyproc cladding was delayed because trades people were unable to reach the site.

Theater rigging equipment was also installed and the glazing work on the rear of the house and auditorium was completed.

The Board recently made an announcement for a Site Coordinator, to oversee day-to-day operations. This role complements that of Raina Savage, recently appointed director of the performing arts center.

In July, work on the $ 29.87 million Aquatic and Recreation Center made it possible to install the roof of the billiard room and begin framing the exterior walls. Plaster work was also prepared for the tiling of the swimming pool in August and an old sanitary block was demolished.

Commenting on the work, Goulburn Mulwaree Council director of operations Matt O’Rourke said he was working with contractors to fully understand the effect on lead times.

O’Rourke told the Goulburn Post “I cannot give enough praise to the entrepreneurs (FDC Contracting) because I think it is really moving forward

“The work has slowed down a bit, but they’ll still keep pushing to get out of there at the start of the new year.”

The project includes a new indoor eight-lane swimming pool, leisure pool, hydrotherapy facility, changing rooms, café, 350m² gym, new entrance and expanded parking, as well as repair of joints. expansion in the existing 50-meter outdoor swimming pool.

Subject to an easing of the lockdown, the Goulburn Mulwaree board expects to be able to confirm and publish the opening dates for both facilities towards the end of the year.

Images: Concepts for the Goulburn Performing Arts Center (top) and Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Center (middle) and work in progress at the Performing Arts Center in late August (bottom). Credit: Advice from Goulburn Mulwaree.

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