The West Invest funding process is unfortunately taking a lot longer than anticipated or hoped. We are in regular communication with the West Invest Program Office (now part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet) and the Department of Regional NSW who are administering the program. Based on the most recent communications we are expecting the final version of the funding deed to be ready for execution in October. This is entirely within the hands of the various government bodies involved at the moment, and the same timelines are impacting all WestInvest recipients, not just ISCNSW.
Unfortunately, these delays do impact our project timelines as we are unable to progress with any significant work (including detailed design) until the funding deed is in place. Our Project Manager is ready to proceed with onboarding contractors for the next stage of the project as soon as the deed is signed.
Demolition work has not yet commenced on the Canterbury Leisure and Aquatic Centre, however we are expecting that work to commence in a month or so. We and our Project Manager are in regular communication with that project to ensure that appropriate steps are taken such that the demolition of the common wall between the sites does not cause any further damage to the rink structure.
Chair, ISCNSW CO-OP
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