Water play equipment added to sport hub in Pirie

FUN: The Swimplex design features a slide and cascade and will cost up to $350,000. Councillors voted unanimously to go ahead with the venture.
FUN: The Swimplex design features a slide and cascade and will cost up to $350,000. Councillors voted unanimously to go ahead with the venture.

Up to $350,000 extra will be spent on Port Pirie’s new sport hub in an unanimous decision by city leaders.

This comes after Port Pirie Regional Council approved the spending on water play equipment at the indoor pool component of the hub. It is on top of an estimated $21.7m earmarked for the precinct which includes Memorial Oval. Councillors met specially to consider the extra spending.

The project was outlined by Swimplex and Mossop Construction and Interiors.

It is to be paid for by delaying proposed council office renovations worth $300,000 and allocating $50,000 from the next budget review.

The resolution was moved by Cr Darryl Johnson and seconded by Cr Debbie Devlin.

Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson told the meeting that as part of the value management process to determine the final construction budget for the hub, some items were left out of the project including the water play equipment.

He said councillors had asked for this to be revisited and he outlined four options ranging in price from $350,000 to $500,000.

“Timing is critical in determining this matter as foundations at the pool site will start within a week,” he said.

“A directive was given late last year to provide a detail design for the precinct within a budget as close as possible to $20 million.

”Council staff have worked with Mossop, Southern Pacific Pools and council’s sport and recreation committee to come up with options for the limited space available.”

The options were:

*Slide and bucket ($350,000)

*Slide, bucket, net, spray items ($400,000)

*Bigger slide, bucket, spray items ($500,000)

*Slide, bucket, net, spray items, water guns ($350,000)

Dr Johnson recommended option four as equal cheapest and providing most play items.

“The equipment is still currently not funded in the sports precinct budget,” he said.

“While negotiations have occurred with the builder to reduce their contract prices considerably, and more is expected to be undertaken with subcontractors, this project is not expected to produce enough savings to fund increases in the scope of the works for the project.

“Any saving achieved through value management will be used to offset any unforeseen variations or minor improvements in lieu of not having a contingency budget.

“Council will need to allocate additional funding to the project by either borrowing or transferring funds from other projects in the general budget.

“It is suggested that council may wish to consider deferring the minor office renovation and transfer the $300,000 budget allocation for this to the sports precinct budget to fund water play facilities."

The equipment will be provided by Swimplex Aquatics/Polin, a world-class company dedicated to the aquatic industry.

The firm is Australian market leader and traces its roots back to the early 1980s, having created 250 projects.