Quinns Bulls clubroom expansion at Ridgewood scaled back to save time

Quinns Bulls clubroom expansion at Ridgewood scaled back to save time

A BID to get bigger clubrooms has been sidelined in favour of an earlier extension to the Ridgewood Reserve sports amenities building.

A report on tomorrow night’s City of Wanneroo council meeting agenda says the Quinns Districts Amateur Football Club (QDAFC), or Bulls, has withdrawn its business case for a bigger extension than the 100sq m, $421,000 extension endorsed by the council.

In April, the club presented its case at a council meeting, saying the existing facilities could not cater for its 200-plus members (read more here).

At the time, it was estimated to cost between $1.055 million for a 270sq m extension and $1.644 million for 421sq m, but expected to delay the construction by at least a year.

As a result, the club submitted a letter in June, included in the August council agenda, saying it wished to proceed with the 100sq m extension and asking the City to bring that forward from the draft timeline of design in 2016-17 and construction in 2017-18.

“Based on this project schedule, the multi-purpose room extension would not be available for use by the QDAFC until the 2018 winter season,” the report said.

“As outlined within the correspondence from the QDAFC, the club’s request to ‘fast track’ the delivery of the project has been put to administration.

“The alternative project schedule essentially sees the ‘hold point’ being removed and bringing a portion of the 2017-18 construction budget forward into the 2016-17 financial year.”

It said the alternative would see construction take place in April to September 2017, rather than July to November, and the extension would still not be available for the club before its 2018 season.

“Given both options will see the completion of the multi-purpose room extension after the 2017 winter season, this report will recommend the project proceed based on the approved project schedule, inclusive of the ‘hold point’ and with an estimated completion by December 2017,” it said.

Although that schedule would have a minimal impact on the football club, the report acknowledged it would have an impact on those who used the reserve in summer, including Ridgewood Little Athletics Centre.

Councillor Sabine Winton flagged an amendment to the recommendation at last week’s briefing session.

A separate report recommends the council endorse a concept plan for a $1.53 million sports amenities building at Riverlinks Park, Clarkson, expected to be completed by October 2017.