THE two council-funded tennis courts have started taking shape at Rochester Lawn Tennis Club.
And they have come in well under budget.
The cost was expected to hit $410,682 but the total project is expected to come in at $335,000.
The budget for the two courts caused speculation among some in the community that the large budget was so council could keep the savings for themselves.
But chief executive Jason Russell told the Campaspe News in February that would not be the case.
And he said any left over money would go back into the Rochester community recreation funding pool for future projects.
That leaves just over $75,000 left for future Rochester projects.
‘‘Council has done similar projects to this and allocated the same . . . we’ve worked with some of the agencies to get an understanding if our allocation was correct and they wouldn't have funded us if they didn’t think it was ballpark,’’ Mr Russell said.
‘‘As this is a community-based project we would envision that we would receive very competitive tenders, which will assist us into delivering the project under budget.’’
The project will involve construction of two concrete hard courts with synthetic grass surfaces, to replace two grass courts on the eastern end of the existing courts. Four light poles and lighting will also be installed. Other works will include preparation such as site clearing, removing trees and extending boundaries, fencing, drainage, upgrading power and landscaping.
Campaspe Shire regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said the courts will be multipurpose synthetic courts under lights at the Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve.
‘‘A contract has recently been awarded to local company Ward Bros to construct the courts that will support tennis all year round and create a large synthetic surface that can also support a variety of court-based sports,’’ he said.
‘‘This is an exciting project that will support an increase in all-year-round participation in physical activity and involves multiple partners including Victorian state government - Sport and Recreation Victoria, Campaspe Shire Council, St Joseph’s Tennis Club, Rochester Lawn Tennis Club and the Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve.’’
Mr McKenzie said the local community has been active in identifying and implementing works in-kind and established a close working relationship with Ward Bros.
‘‘This is a great result for the partnership between the Campaspe Shire Council and the local Rochester community in delivering this exciting new sporting facility,’’ he said.