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Leisure centre work begins

WORKS have started on flooring at the Warracknabeal Leisure Centre following a successful Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program grant application.

The centre received $249,290 to help bring the total project to $284,240.

The current flooring is being ripped out and being replaced with Tasmanian Oak.

The centre which was built more the 40 years ago, plays a big part in the sporting life of the town with many groups and individuals using the complex on a regular basis.

Yarriambiack Shire Council Projects Officer, Andrea Stepney said the project is expected to be completed by March 1, 2020.

Works included in the project are removal and disposal of existing timber flooring; releveling of the sub-floor; laying a plywood base; laying the new flooring; sanding and sealing the new surface; and line marking of playing courts.

Local contractor Kane Taylor of Taylor Made Carpentry Services said he was working as a sub-contractor to Sports Floors By Nallarik to conduct the project.

“They are using a few local tradies which is great,” Mr Taylor said.

“We are ripping up the floor boards one half at a time, then leveling and relaying with Tasmanian Oak,” he said.

Ms Stepney said the aim of the upgrade is to support increased growth in sport and physical activity participation.

She said the project also encourages development of multi-use, shared and co-located activities.

Other benefits of the project include offering a range of flexible community based participation opportunities; prioritising opportunities for women, girls, multicultural community members and people of all abilities to be physically active; increasing engagement and reach in the community; and promoting community pride connection and leadership.