THEY were supposed to be finished by the start of football season, but South Gippsland Shire Council’s road and drainage works at the Korumburra Showgrounds are still going.
An extra $100,000 was recently approved by the council for the project and there’s “no defined timeline” for its completion.
Since works started mid-2017, the link road between the South Gippsland Highway and Victoria Street has been completed, incorporating underground stormwater drainage, kerb and channel and new road pavement with an asphalt finish.
The original budget for the project was $600,000, with $530,000 of that spent to date.
An additional $100,000 was approved by the council at its March 28 meeting, with Engineering coordinator Paul Challis saying the extra costs are a result of “very poor road subgrade rectification works”.
“A significant amount of unknown underground services have been encountered, requiring some relocations and careful construction methodology.
“Very poor (soft) road subgrade has also been encountered, requiring extra excavation and rock,” Mr Challis said.
Mr Challis said there was never a defined timeline for the works, but a source close to the project told the Sentinel-Times in February that the final works on the top access road, which runs parallel to the South Gippsland Highway, would be complete by the start of football season.
Six rounds into the season, works on the top access road have only recently started, and Mr Challis did not give an indication of when they would be completed.
“The works are being carried out by the council’s in-house Construction Unit with a focus on working in conjunction with the Showgrounds Committee and around regular events at the showgrounds,” Mr Challis said.
It’s unknown when works were last done on pavement and drainage at the showgrounds, and Mr Challis says the infrastructure was in very poor condition and “well past the end of its usable life”.
“Whilst not a council asset, the showgrounds is an important community facility and the reconstruction works will provide ongoing usability and accessibility for years to come,” he said.