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Carpentry crews thanked for big effort

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FRONTAGE: Crews from Adelaide Stud Carpentry work on the framework for the front of the grandstand.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Helped by a mighty effort from the carpentry crew from Adelaide Stud Carpentry, Whyalla’s Bennett Oval redevelopment is still well on track.

The crew from Stud Carpentry went above and beyond to work throughout recent scorching conditions to complete the main frame of the new amenities block behind the grandstand and the frontage before moving on to the interior fittings.

With the work on steel fabrication for the grandstand roof a week ahead of schedule, the structural steel install is expected to start early next month. Mossop Constructions + Interiors, the company contracted by Council for the grandstand precinct redevelopment, anticipate the roof will be completed before Christmas as the roofers work throughout the holiday period.

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ON TRACK: The framework for the amenities block at the rear of the grandstand.

Project manager from Mossop, Michael Pietrafesa said the carpentry crew deserved a big thanks as they worked throughout the heat of last Wednesday week when the temperature hit 45 degrees.

“These boys just wanted to get the job done,” Michael said.

“They observed every possible safety consideration - had plenty of breaks, kept hydrated and wore protective clothing and looked out for each other - as they got the job done.

“This has kept us well on track to have this job completed for the AFL game next year.”

The redevelopment will have Bennett Oval ready for the Port Adelaide and Western Bulldogs pre-season AFL match on March 7 next year. This Marsh Community Series pre-season match was made possible by the Gupta family sponsorship of Port Adelaide and was the catalyst for the redevelopment project.

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CLEANED UP: The foundation has been laid inside the grandstand.

Stage One of the Bennett Oval redevelopment has been assisted by a $890,850 State Government grant from the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program (The Grassroots Program), administered through the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing. Half of this money will go towards improvements at Memorial Oval.

Contributing to this grant was the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the South Australia Cricket Association (SACA).

Subsequent stages of the Bennett Oval redevelopment would involve the integration of other sports and associated facilities into the area to create a greater sporting precinct.

Any enquiries on this project, or others, can be made by calling Council on 8640 3444 during office hours, by submitting a customer enquiry on our website http://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx or via the free My Local Services app which can be downloaded at https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/mylocalservices

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READY FOR A NEW INTERIOR: The gutted changerooms inside the grandstand.

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