Childcare at heart of a block that housed Albury’s motor registry for nearly 40 years

The Border Mail – JANUARY 28 2018 – 11:23AM

By Anthony Bunn

YOUNGSTERS are now merrily steering cardboard cars on a block where thousands of teenagers once got their licence to drive.

Kinfolk childcare centre has opened on a corner of Hume and Macauley streets that housed Albury’s motor registry from 1977 to 2015.

The cream brick office has gone and been replaced by an architect-designed building with an atrium and seven rooms catering for babies to preschoolers.

“The first thing that everyone says, if we say we’re Kinfolk, is ‘you’re at the old RTA site’,” centre owner Tara Case said.

“People obviously have a connection to the history of the site.”

Mrs Case, an occupational therapist, had considered operating a childcare centre for the last three to four years and said the site emerged “at the right time”.

She liaised with the land’s owners and had the building designed by Melbourne’s Ellis Group, which specialises in childcare centres.

“There are four core values we have – community, environment, learning and wellbeing,” Mrs Case said.

Those facets are based on the Reggio Emilia approach.

Construction work to begin on January 8 for Wodonga’s new $7 million fire station

The Border Mail – DECEMBER 18 2017 – 4:36PM  by Anthony Bunn

THE Border building company undertaking the Albury airport terminal expansion has been given the task of constructing Wodonga’s new fire station.

Southern Cross Developers will begin work on the $7 million CFA project on January 8 with an expected completion date of the third week in September next year.

A ceremonial sod-turning on the Thomas Mitchell Drive site was done on Monday afternoon by Wodonga station officer-in-charge Ashley Mills.

“It’s a huge milestone locally and the reason why is that we’ve been in a facility that’s not built to purpose,” Mr Mills said.

“The new station is built with the future in mind and to cater to future requirements, I believe we’re in the position with this to service Wodonga and district for the next 20 to 30 years.”

Southern Cross project manager Brian Sawyer said at the peak 70 to 80 will work on the project.

The station will have five large vehicle bays to replace the four small bays which were built for the smaller trucks used by the CFA in 1976, when Wodonga’s existing station opened in Smythe Street.

Earthworks at the site will occur over January with the first concrete pours in February.

“It’s a greenfield site and you can get in and really push along,” Southern Cross director John Tyrrell said.

“We’re excited because it’s a landmark building, this building will stay up for 50 to 60 years or more.”

It will be the first fire station built by Southern Cross which is working on the airport expansion and the new catheter laboratory at Albury hospital.

The company’s past Wodonga projects include a mercy centre and trade block at Catholic College and renewing the old railway station and goods shed.

Mr Mills said the new station would be able to house 10 full-time firefighters at any one time, whereas four is the maximum at the current base.

He said 22 permanent firefighters and 100 volunteers would use the new station which will be located alongside North East Water’s headquarters.

Albury Wodonga Health and St Vincent’s Hospital

 PLANS UNDER WAY: An architect’s impression of Albury Wodonga Health’s new cardiac catheter lab, to be built near the existing theatre facilities at Albury hospital.

A BORDER company has been chosen to build a new heart service for Albury Wodonga Health.

Southern Cross Developers was appointed after a tender process to construct the health service’s cardiac catheter lab, with work due to start on May 29.

Architects Jovaras Westland Partnership are leading the project, to be built at the eastern end of Albury hospital to integrate with existing theatre facilities. Albury Wodonga Health said services would not be interrupted during the construction phase.

The cardiac catheter lab is a collaborative project between Albury Wodonga Health and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Albury Wodonga Health chief executive Leigh McJames said following a memorandum of understanding, the Border health service would initially provide cardiac angiography services and limited interventional procedures, with services developed over time.

“Through collaboration with St Vincent’s we will provide more complicated and complex procedures including vascular work,” he said.

St Vincent’s chief executive Susan O’Neill said St Vincent’s was delighted to collaborate with Albury Wodonga Health on the project.

“For many years St Vincent’s has been providing cardiac services to regional Victorians, this facility will further enhance our patient care,” she said.

The new facility will have two laboratory spaces, with the first due to be operational by mid-2018.

Albury Wodonga Health said the second laboratory had been included in the building design to allow for future requirements.

Albury Council to vote on terminal expansion tender on Monday night

The Border Mail – APRIL 22 2017 – 10:00AM

By David Johnston

THE Albury airport terminal upgrade cost has blown out on original estimates.

Albury Council on Monday night will vote to accept a tender of almost $4.5 million from Southern Cross Developers after initially planning to spend only $1.1 million after securing a $3.6 million grant from the NSW Government in late 2015.

Works include an expansion of the arrivals hall with an additional baggage carousel and creation of an elevated mezzanine level within the existing departures lounge for passengers and a meeting room.

Following detailed design work it was agreed there would be greater benefits in expanding the ground floor of the terminal building with the introduction of the mezzanine level.

As part of the detailed design it also became evident the cooling-heating systems for the entire terminal building were disjointed, in poor mechanical condition and highly inefficient.

A replacement system was estimated to cost $1.4 million and the bulk of the amount has been included in the council’s draft budget for next financial year.

Revised estimates of the work ranged between $8 million and $7.9 million and subsequently a planned upgrade of the cafe area was dropped from the plan.

But the tender was highly competitive with three of four short-listed companies coming in well under the construction budget of $5.85 million and well below the estimated $8 million price tag.

As a result, the cafe upgrade will now go ahead with the council to also vote on allowing general manager Frank Zaknich to negotiate a “post award variation” to take advantage of the circumstances including the job needing to be completed by March next year.

Southern Cross Developers is located in South Albury and recently built council’s $2 million recycling centre.

Other recent projects include the $10 million Quest apartments within the old Woolstore building.

It has also nominated a practical completion date of March 5 next year.

Under the NSW Government funding agreement the project has to be finished by March 31.

A CAFE and bar area is being added as part of the Albury Airport terminal upgrade.

The Border Mail – NOVEMBER 14 2017 – 4:30PM

By David Johnston

A CAFE and bar area is being added as part of the Albury Airport terminal upgrade.

Earlier this year Albury Council awarded a $4.49 million contract to Southern Cross Developers for the project, but the cafe and bar was excluded when two independent quantity surveyor assessments had earlier estimated a total build cost of around $8 million.

Upon awarding the tender for the far cheaper price, the council authorised general manager Frank Zaknich to negotiate a post award variation for the cafe and bar.

The priced variation for the cafe and bar is $618,619 and its inclusion in the project will have no impact on the present works program.

It’s anticipated the arrival including eastern end of cafe and bar area will be completed and operational by early March next year and and the remaining internal upgrade finished by the end of April.

Installation of an upgraded air-conditioning system was scheduled to start in mid-November.

“From the point of commercial prudency, logistics and to improve the level of service for all users of the airport terminal, significant efficiencies and benefit is gained with cafe and bar,” a council report states.