Almost three years to the day since the Federal Government promised $9.5 million to upgrade the Springwood Civic Centre precinct, work is set to start on the project in just under three weeks.
Up to 80 workers will be on site at the project’s peak, with demolition and construction due to start on Monday, September 23 — a delay from the previously announced kick-off date of September 1.
Contractor Kane Constructions is currently locating and disconnecting utilities and services for the $15 million project. Other preliminary work includes protecting the timber floors, salvaging materials for reuse, followed by the internal strip-out of the building.
Labor candidate for Macquarie Susan Templeman visited the site with senior council staff last Thursday, stating it was great to see work starting.
“This project will be a valuable asset to the community from day one,” she said.
“The large numbers of workers on site, expected to be 70 to 80 a day at the peak of construction, will be an instant boon to the cafes and retailers of Springwood. Kane Constructions general manager, Joe Lorefice, tells me that food is fuel for his hardworking team and I’m sure they’ll find they are well looked after here.”
Blue Mountains Deputy Mayor Mark Greenhill said the next stage of the project was a “fantastic day for the Blue Mountains community”.
“I would like to thank the Federal Labor Government for the massive grant that made this possible. I would particularly like to thank Susan Templeman. She personally made representations to secure this funding and, along with Senator Doug Cameron, succeeded.
“I want to also acknowledge Clrs Brendan Luchetti, Daniel Myles and Mick Fell for working so hard to secure the fantastic design that is about to emerge.
“For the people of Blue Mountains this will be a facility that will enhance our city and its love of culture.”
Ward 3 Clr Mick Fell, who also visited the site last week, said the finished building would be an “important cultural facility for the Lower Mountains area”.
“I acknowledge the vital contribution of the community itself, expressed in many ways, particularly through the sustained campaign conducted by the Save Our Springwood organisation,” he said.
The upgrade — which will include a new theatre, neighbourhood centre, community dining room and kitchen, galleria and childhood health centre — is scheduled for completion by mid-2015, subject to weather conditions.
Senator Doug Cameron also visited the site last week along with council’s general manager Robert Greenwood and Kane Constructions general manager, Joe Lorefice.