23 June, 2023

Contract awarded for Melville

HAMPDEN League clubs will benefit from a $7.2 million upgrade to Melville Oval.

By Staff Writer

Melville, home to the Hamilton Kangaroos, is set to undergo a series of improvements starting late next month. 

Southern Grampians Shire Council recently announced the appointment of local building contractor, Ultrabuild CG, to carry out the works – valued at just over $7,284,675. 

The tender paves the way for one of the most significant construction projects in the Hamilton CBD for decades. 

“We are very happy to be able to award the contract to Ultrabuild,” Southern Grampians Shire mayor David Robertson said.

“Using a local contractor is a commitment to the growth and prosperity of our region. 

“This contract award also includes at least seven local sub-contractors and other local suppliers which is fantastic for our region and something we’re very proud to support.” Ryan Hatherell, managing director of Ultrabuild CG, said they were excited to get started on the project. 

“We’re really pleased to be working with council on this fantastic project which will have a huge benefit to our local community,” Mr Hatherell said. 

“It’s testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our team and we’re grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the region. 

“We’ve taken big steps to grow our business and this project will really set us up for success in the future.”

 The Melville Oval Facilities Redevelopment works were identified in the 2020 Hamilton CBD Masterplan and significant strategic planning and consultation with user groups has been held over the last 12 months. 

The Melville Oval facilities redevelopment project includes: 

  1.  renovation of the existing heritage grandstand including new club changerooms, first aid and club official rooms; 

  2. development of a new pavilion including a social room, kitchen and bar, netball changerooms, first aid facilities and netball umpire rooms; 

  3. two new netball courts including competition lighting; and 

  4. redevelopment of Market Place to accommodate the establishment of the new netball court on the western boundary of Melville Reserve. 

“The Melville Oval redevelopment will help deliver an improved user experience for sportspeople across the region,” Cr Robertson said. 

As part of the federal government funding agreement for its contribution, works are required to be completed by December 2024. 

It is currently anticipated this will be completed by September 2024, dependent on weather. 

The first works to take place on-site will be in late July, with demolition of the greenkeeper shed and the two club buildings. 

Work will start on the new pavilion, netball courts and renovation of the grandstand in early September.

 The Hamilton Kangaroos will continue to train and host games at Melville Oval until demolition starts on July 24 and will then relocate to another facility (yet to be finalised).


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