WARRNAMBOOL City Council cannot say when a long-awaited upgrade of Reid Oval will be complete.
But expectations that the reserve would have an electronic scoreboard and netball changerooms by the end of 2013 are in major doubt.
The $565,000 upgrade also includes work on electricity, gas and water connections and civil works near the netball courts. WCC recreation and culture manager Russell Lineham yesterday said a Reid Oval project control group had yet to confirm tenders for the work.
Mr Lineham said a smaller sub-committee, which included council and Warrnambool Football Netball Club representatives, was still sourcing quotes.
“Warrnambool Football Netball Club has done a lot of hard work talking to tradespeople getting prices,” he said. “That takes time, they’re obviously volunteers. Having said that, that work we think is nearly done.
“We’ve got a meeting scheduled for the bigger group in mid-November to discuss that work. Hopefully by then we’ve got some up-to-date costings for the work that match our budget.”
The revelations come despite Mr Lineham giving assurances earlier this year the upgrade would “absolutely” be done by the end of 2013.
“Absolutely this year, it will be done this year,” he told The Standard in February.
Lineham yesterday conceded the on-the-ground work was some time away from starting.
“At the moment we’re not at that point but we’re working hard to get there,” he said.
He opted against nominating a revised completion date for the project.
“I don’t like saying that as I know what will happen as soon as I say that,” he said.
“There is a lot of volunteer effort going into it that it’s hard to put timelines on that sort of thing.
“This is a real partnership between the council and the clubs involved and we have to respect that.”
The $565,000 project includes $200,000 of state government funding, announced last August.
Warrnambool City Council will contribute $100,000.
Other funding comes from Warrnambool Football Netball Club, the A. L. Lane Foundation, the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation, the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation, East Warrnambool Football Netball Club, Warrnambool and District Football Netball League, Hampden Football Netball League, Nestles Cricket Club and voluntary in-kind club and tradesperson labour and materials.