Henry Lawson Park to undergo major works

Grenfell's Henry Lawson Oval is set for a major refurbishment.

The work will see renewal of the Henry Lawson Oval amenities at a cost of $820,000 and the grandstand at $110,000.

A $50,000 fitness circuit will also be installed.

In a report to this month's Weddin Shire Council meeting Brendan Hayes, Director - Environmental Services, said the amenities renewal and spectator facility will be carried out as joint projects with the fitness circuit being constructed concurrently.

"In relation to the amenities renewal/spectator facility, Council developed a draft plan that was circulated to all users of Lawson Oval for comment," Mr Hayes said.

"In response to submissions Council further developed the plans of the facility and have received positive confirmation as to the proposed amendments."

The proposal for the amenities renewal/spectator facility incorporates four dressing rooms, canteen, referees room, multi-purpose room, accessible toilet and undercover seating with accessibility ramp and accessible viewing areas.

It will be constructed on an elevated pad to provide enhanced viewing for the activities being carried out on the oval.

The amenities block and seating is proposed to be located forward of the existing grandstand with a realignment of the Oval fencing required.

The work will require demolition of the current grandstand after the current football season to allow continued use of the oval.

"Due to the poor structural state of the existing grandstand due to its age, extensive termite damage and internal water damage, its lack of appropriate standard and number of change facilities and inability to provide access for disabled, it is proposed to demolish the structure," Mr Hayes said.

He has recommended that a photographic testimonial be developed for existing grandstand.

Weddin Shire will be adopting the role of the builder for the project, following a similar line to the one used for the construction of the town's new medical centre.

Submissions from local subcontractors will be included when requests for quotations of trades are requested.

Mr Hayes told council it was "imperative" that this is the case.

Demolition is expected to occur at the conclusion of the current rugby league season in late August with construction to be completed by March 1, 2020

In relation to Lawson Park Fitness Circuit, Council, in conjunction with Active Planning Consultants have developed a proposal for the siting and makeup of the fitness circuit which will occupy a 12 metre by 12 metre space close to the existing cricket nets.

"This is an existing active area with good connectivity to the entire facility for inclusive use by all sporting and/or social users," Mr Hayes said.

Copies of the plans, which are currently on public display, are available at Council's office.

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