Although you cannot see any building emerging from the ground, a lot has been happening. Anyone who is involved in the Construction Industry will know that it all takes time and that there are a multitude of hurdles.
Yes – it is taking longer than we initially planned and below are the reasons why:
We were notified that we had the Federal Grant in August 2016 and informed about the process that we needed to follow:
The Request for Information (RFI) was finalized in December 2016. We expected that sign off would occur in January 2017 however the Deed of Agreement was not sent to us for signed off until July 2017 and it was finally processed in August.
The Deed of Agreement is the trigger to release funds.
The Federal Department that manages Regional Development Funds would not
release any funds until we were able to confirm that we had also received funds from the State Government. If we had not received funds in the State Government budget we would have had to provide evidence to the Federal Department as to how we would proceed with the project.
Funding is secure however the proceeds from the sale of the Devonport Bowls and Croquet Club was less than anticipated. This impacts on the total funds available for the development.
Effectively more than 12 months has lapsed since we submitted our concept design and in that time there has been an Infrastructure and Construction boom in Devonport and Tasmania in general – this has impact on the costs of construction and we have had to find ways to reduce the total cost of the Construction.
New plans will be available for all members shortly. The architects are just finalising some details as per discussions at the last Steering Committee Meeting.
The Development Application is almost ready to be submitted to the Devonport City Council, however we need approval from Crown Land Department before we make this application.
Much of the current 11th Fairway and the new 11th Fairway are on or abut Crown Land – we cannot proceed until we have this approval.
Negotiations with Tas Water and Tas Networks are ongoing but positive and supportive.
We have had regular meetings with the Devonport City Council and they are aware of the issues re Crown Land and boundary adjustments.
We have been in regular communication with Berry Bowling Systems and they will be back on site next week.
The Golf Architect is developing a Master Plan and was on site 6th October for his second visit.
The topography of the site has provided us with some challenges – we are currently in negotiation with two potential suppliers. We need a lot of fill and fill can be costly. We have followed up all suggestions from members. The development of an access road and carpark will be the first stage in the project.
Governance and management arrangements are on our agenda – we have been looking at different models provided by interstate country clubs/multi-sport complexes and we have had advice from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
WE WOULD LIKE TO APPLAUD THE WORK OF THE MERGER COMMITTEE FOR THE BOWLS CLUBS – THE DEVONPORT EAGLES HAS BEEN FORMED AND HAVE PLAYED THEIR FIRST GAMES IN THE 2017/18 BOWLS SEASON.
If you have questions about ‘what’s happening’ ask your representative on the STEERING COMMITTEE or send an email to the address below. We will endeavor to answer all questions.
Please be patient: we are only 18 months into a three+ year project – remember – together we are “Building the club for the future.”