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Jube taking shape

Saturday, 25th April, 2020

Michael Armstrong working in the Rayner Room. PICTURE: Supplied Michael Armstrong working in the Rayner Room. PICTURE: Supplied

While there is no sign yet of the local AFL season starting, work on the $3m upgrade to Jubilee Oval is continuing as the project nears completion.

The development was due to have finished at the end of March but a number of additions have seen the original concept expanded.

“There has been quite a few variations,” AFL Broken Hill Chairman Andrew Schmidt said.

“Once we started we decided there was more work needed in the existing changerooms, which have been serving local sport since 1940.”

The decision was made to install new rubber flooring, paint the rooms along with installing new seating and lockers.

“We had included new showers and toilets in the original design but we added on to the plans and it has been the right call as they look almost new,” Schmidt said.

The other major inclusion was to remediate the City spectator bleachers which were desperately in need of repair.

“They looked old and shabby so we consulted with the AFL Board and project team and we were unanimous that work needed to be carried out.”

The area between the new umpires room and canteen is also having a makeover with a new roof on the canteen linking it with the umpires room. 

With pavers being laid the painting of the canteen will commence shortly.

The two new change-rooms have been built to AFL specifications and are just days away from being completed.

“They are as good as any changerooms in any regional centre in the country,” Schmidt said.

The tilt wall design is complimented with separate showers and toilets, a massage room and a large changing area.

One aspect of the project that was decided long before the first shovel was put into the ground was the work was to be carried out by local businesses.

“We were adamant,” Schmidt said. 

“We wanted locals to be involved and benefit from this project not city-based companies. It has been the right call as we could not be happier with their work and they have all bought into the development.”

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, May 15. 

“Once we hit that date all we need then is to have footy back.”

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