|18 October 2016
Major demolition works will result in the Queenstown Recreation Ground being closed to the public from next week.
The old visitor change rooms, ‘can bar’, and old house will be demolished after building inspections revealed the buildings to be unsafe, with West Coast Council deciding demolition was the preferred options.
“To repair the buildings to meet current standards was outside of Council’s budget,” West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers said. “As a Council-owned facility we are responsible for the safety of individuals entering these buildings. Once we became aware they were unsafe access was blocked.”
As part of its extensive capital works program for 2016-2017 Council budgeted $50,000 for the demolition, with West Coast contractor Williams Earthmoving being the principal contractor.
With asbestos present in parts of the buildings and heavy machinery on site access to the facility will be blocked for public use.
“With football season finished the demolition works will be completed prior to the commencement of the cricket season resulting in minimal disruption to the public,” Mayor Vickers said. “Council is pleased to be able to work with local contractors to complete this project and we urge people to not try and access the area to enable contractors to complete the demolition safely without worry of public access to the site.”
Remediation of the ‘can bar’ area will include either installation of permanent bollards or blocking of the access road whilst site of the house and change rooms will be made neat and safe. Future plans for the area will be discussed with stakeholders and the community over the coming years and as budgets permit.
Works are expected to take just over a week to complete, with Council to advise the public when the ground is available for use again.