The ‘completion of detailed designs and delivery of a synthetic pitch soccer pitch’ for users Baxter Reserve in Warragul was a recommendation in the Warragul Outdoor Recreation Plan Review 2019, which was adopted by Council on 26 June 2019. The Review involved a significant amount of community consultation and has helped scope this project.
As part of the 2019/2020 Capital Works Program, Council worked with SportEng and the Project Reference Group to finalise the design and construction drawings for the Synthetic Pitch and accessible path from the pavilion to the pitch.
In February 2020 Council submitted a grant application to the State Government seeking $500,000 towards the project through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s World Game Fund. Council was advised in August 2020 that the application had been unsuccessful. The scope of works was then refined inline with a Council resolution to complete the project in stages should grant funding not be realised.
The staging of works meant that Council could still progress to deliver the synthetic pitch and access ramp as part of the 2020/2021 Council Capital Works Program.
During September and October 2020, Council opened a public tender process seeking qualified contractors to submit tenders for the delivery of the synthetic pitch project. Upon closing, tenders were evaluated with Council awarding the project tender to Polytan Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.