Environmental Services Centre
Environmental Services Centre and Volunteer Hub
Springs Road, Mount Barker
The $1.2M ‘Big Shed’ off Springs Road was officially opened by Acting Mayor Greg Morrison last Wednesday. Partly funded from a grant from the State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership the facility provides workshop facilities, events storage and shared amenities for all users to access.
Construction of the ‘Big Shed’ began in late 2017 and was completed earlier this year. Mr Morrison said “The new building is a very significant project for the district and provides a permanent and secure home for the Mount Barker Men’s Shed and the Mount Barker Christmas Festival Committee as well as storage for community event resources.”
Previously these particular groups have occupied various commercial premises which has involved uncertainty of tenure and added expense through leasing at commercial rates. The relocation of these groups to the ‘Big Shed’ will result in a cost saving to Council of around $40,000 per year.
Sean Hames, Manager of the Mount Barker Community Centre who auspice the Men’s shed said that: “Having a permanent facility for the Mount Barker Men’s Shed will enable us to increase opening hours and grow membership.”
“The Men’s Shed provides a friendly & healing environment where members are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of others. A key focus is to advance the well-being and health of its members & to encourage social inclusion.” Mr Hames added.
The Mount Barker Christmas Festival Committee is also delighted with the new permanent facility which not only enables them to store the floats for the popular annual Mount Barker Christmas pageant but provides space for a workshop to undertake repairs and maintenance of floats and an area for future job seekers to gain work experience as part of the Work for the Dole program.
Construction and activation of the “Big Shed” formed stage one of the overall Environmental Service Centre project. Stage 2, which is in construction and expected to be completed by the end of the year, will provide a facility for Council’s Maintenance, Operations and Infrastructure staff and an Interpretive Centre overlooking the Springs Wetlands, for residents and visitors to meet for educational, environmental and social purposes.
Construction is continuing on the remainder of the Environmental Services Centre.
The Volunteer Hub is now complete. Volunteer Groups are progressively moving in and activiating the space.
The Volunteer Hub structure has recently been erected and the roof and wall cladding has now been installed.
The concrete floor is being poured in stages and this is approaching completion. Once the concreting has been finished, focus will shift to undertaking the internal fitout works such as partition walls, roller doors, services etc.
Fire protection tanks, pump room and associated infrastructure all well underway.
Stage 1 of the Environmental Services Centre is a Volunteer Hub which will provide storage and workspace for the community.
The Volunteer Hub building itself is a 100m x 15m commercial shed that will include some basic fitout for shared kitchen and toilet amenities. The 1500m2 area is divided into 4 main areas which will accommodate the Mt Barker Mens Shed, Pageant Floats and storage for Council events and Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations Unit.
Council’s contractor Fusco Constructions commenced work on site in late May and completion is expected in December.
Currently all concrete footings for the structural steel frame have been completed and sub-contractors are part way through trenching and installing the underfloor plumbing. While this is happening the structural steel beams are being manufactured in a factory and its delivery to site will mark a significant milestone for the project.
The construction of the Volunteer Hub forms the first stage of the Environmental Services Centre. Stage 2 of the development will consist of a new Council depot facility and an interpretive centre. It is envisaged that construction of stage 2 will commence early 2019 and take approximately 12 months.
Volunteer Hub Construction – Tender Awarded & Construction Commencing
At the meeting held on 3 April, Council awarded the $1.2million tender for construction of the Volunteer Hub.
The design of the Volunteer Hub building incorporates storage space, workshops and shared kitchen and toilet facilities. This contract also includes the construction of fire protection infrastructure which will have capacity to cater for the upcoming Environmental Services Centre project.
Council’s building contractor, Fusco Constructions will commence in May and is expected to reach completion in December.
Once completed, the Volunteer Hub will provide substantial community benefits including;
- Accommodation for the Pageant Floats and Men’s Shed with a saving in current rent and outgoings payments of approx. $40,000 pa
- Additional community workshop and storage space
- Increased wellbeing for the community through provision of a permanent Men’s Shed and improved community and volunteer facilities
- Shared facilities for other community volunteer groups such as the Laratinga Volunteers
- Potential to provide a strong focus for volunteers through the new Hub
Construction Volunteer Hub
Detailed design for the Environmental Services Centre Volunteer Hub Construction is currently being progressed and it is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2019.
Environmental Services Centre and Volunteer Hub Design
The overall design for the site consists of a new Council depot facility and an interpretive centre with the ability to host community events. Building work will have a focus on ecologically sustainable design with water-reuse and environmental connections to the adjacent Springs Wetland a priority.
Earthworks for Volunteer Hub
The first stage of the Environmental Services Centre project consists of a Volunteer Hub which will provide storage and a work space for the community. Earthworks for this stage have been completed and construction is envisaged to be underway in mid-2018.
In February 2017, Council submitted an application for $1M of funding from the State Government’s State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership (SLGIP).
On 10 March 2017 Council was advised its application had been successful for 20% of the estimated total project construction cost of $5M for the Environmental Services Centre and Volunteer Hub project.
Council has sought funding for the project whenever possible and received $100,000 from the State Government towards the Springs Wetland Development and $180,000 from the St Francis de Sales College for its component of the access road.
Access Road and Car Parks to Springs Wetland and St Frances de Sales College
Information on the construction of the Access Road and Car Parks is available at: http://www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=804&t=uList&ulistId=0&c=26267
Information on the construction of the Springs Wetland is available at: http://www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=871&t=uList&ulistId=0&c=16497
Council was granted a Development Approval for the Project in May 2013 including construction of an Environmental Services Centre to provide a more efficient base for Council’s Field Services Staff, Waste Water Treatment Staff and Control Room and an Interpretive Centre for the Wetlands and Waste Water operation.
Plans have been prepared for a Proposed Environmental Services Centre and Wetlands, Springs Road, Mt Barker.
The proposal will provide a much needed new Environmental Services Centre along with an attractive public amenity for passive recreation in the centre of Mt Barker. It has been submitted as a Development Application but will be subject to further detailed design work and budgetary considerations.
A range of environmental considerations have been integrated into the design for the proposal. The full report to Council is available here: