Mundaring Arena delays causing frustration to local sporting clubs

The new Mundaring Recreation Centre under construction.  d477905
The new Mundaring Recreation Centre under construction. d477905

SPORTS groups disappointed over building delays at Mundaring Arena have rescheduled fixtures, not knowing when the $10.1 million facility will open.

Netball, basketball and hockey organisations represented by the Mundaring Combined Hard Courts Association planned to use the indoor stadium from the beginning of February.

Association secretary Fiona Malloch said the Shire of Mundaring advised the delay was due to items requiring finishing touches or rectification.

“It’s just disappointing at this point after four years of working with the Shire to get the facility built and at the 11th hour to be told it’s not going to be ready, and we don’t know when it will be ready,” she said.

“Members were looking forward to using the facility for competitions and presentations. We want to raise the level of competitions in the Hills and we need more facilities. Competitions are growing so fast and we don’t have the additional courts to play on.”

Ms Malloch said the Shire was in regular contact and she did not blame the council for the delay.

System and finishes checks near the time of completion identified the need to allow Belmont-based Pindan builders more time to complete the project.

Shire President John Daw said the council was doing everything possible not to postpone the opening any longer than necessary.

“We understand their disappointment but we want to be able to provide them with a state-of-the-art building, which is of the highest standard in every respect,” he said.

“Although we are in the final stages of the project, it’s important that we resolve any construction issues in order to be able to deliver to the community exactly what we promised.”

Shire acting chief executive Megan Griffiths said the delay would not increase the cost of the build because the project was a “lump sum fixed price”.

“The main item for rectification is the septic system, which on commissioning has not worked completely as required to this point,” she said.

She said the existing hard courts nearby would continue to be in use.

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