Work on Colac’s problem-plagued Bluewater basketball stadium is progressing despite flooring delivery delays, and the project could be complete by the end of next month.
Mayor Chris Potter and councillor Joe McCracken inspected the worksite this week where contractor Ace Floors and Coatings has removed the warped maple flooring and started laying “moisture barriers”.
Council chief Sue Wilkinson said contractors were “putting down the second layer of moisture barrier in preparedness for the arrival of the flooring material, expected at the end of February”.
The council announced last month that the Bluewater development, originally due for completion by the end of 2014, had been hit with a further four-week delay because of a disruption to international shipping of the new flooring which was coming from the United Kingdom.
But Ms Wilkinson confirmed this week that the contractor, which signed off on the tender in September, had ordered the flooring in November and it “was dispatched from the UK last month”.
The latest delay with shipping will mean that Colac Secondary College students will spend another full term of school without indoor sports facilities.
But the council now hopes the project will be complete by the end of March, with an April opening.
“Preparation for the subfloor is underway and drainage plans are being finalised,” Ms Wilkinson said.
“Installation of the floor is due to start as soon as the material arrives.”
Meanwhile, former council infrastructure, planning and environment general manager Tony McGann who left the council in 2003 has returned to take on the role of infrastructure and leisure general manager, replacing Ingrid Bishop.
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