The stadium roof is on and the cement floor laid at the new Central Oval Community and Sporting Hub. Steelwork for the upper and lower stories for the front of the building are being put in place. Once completed, the aramax roofing at the front section of the building will be installed and should be completed in March. Hot temperatures in February and rain proved challenging for the laying of the new floor, with more than 60 truckloads of concrete going into the main stadium floor.
Light towers have been delivered to the site and are expected to be installed by the end of March and commissioned in July. Council staff are also continuing to work on the external sections of the oval, including carpark construction, resizing and rejuvenating the oval, constructing roadways and building garden beds.
Badge Constructions Pty Ltd was appointed as the builder of the $16m community facility in July 2013, with site works beginning in September. Work up until the end of November 2013 concentrated on installing underfloor services such as plumbing and electrical, and pouring footings and beams. Erection of the steel structure began in December, and it was from here that the size of the development became evident.
The project has been more than a decade in the planning, and has been realised thanks to external funding from the State and Federal Governments as well as a contribution from Council.
Included in the plans are an AFL standard football oval, and the addition of netball courts to the site.
A two-story multi-use stadium will be the centrepiece of the project and will feature three multi-use courts, an upstairs function area with viewing to both the ovals and the indoor courts, and retractable walls that will open the stadium onto a plaza precinct.
Other planned features include:
Former Port Augusta City Manager Greg Perkin said the new community and sporting hub is the right project for building the Port Augusta of the future as it will be a showcase of the City and a fantastic meeting place for the community and the region.
Site works have commenced with Port Augusta City Council removing infrastructure to prepare for building works to commence.
The State Government has provided $5m in funding, the Federal Government provided a further $5m through the Regional Development Australia Fund and Port Augusta City Council will fund $6m.
Walk through the new Central Oval precinct before completion. A 3D animation has just been released showing an artists view of the new multi-million dollar Central Oval Community Sporting Hub.