Ocean Grove Park Performance Space Ready to Commence Construction
Following the resounding support for the Ocean Grove Park Performance Space at the Association’s special general meeting on Saturday 23 August the Association has let a contract for the construction of the facility. The project is an Ocean Grove Park Inc. community project made possible by the substantial financial support of the State of Victoria ($500,000) Greater Geelong City Council ($200,000) and Ocean Grove Connecting Communities ($150,000). Added to the Association’s $153,000 allocation from its fundraising efforts over the past 16 years the total budget is therefore $1003, 000.

 Seven tenders have been received and, after a thorough evaluation, Magellan Projects Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract. The accepted contract is a fixed price one of $795,000 +GST.

The price is therefore within budget with adequate funds also available for the supervision of the project and for fittings and fit-out not included in the contract.

Magellan Projects is a very experienced building contractor based in Geelong. It has successfully completed projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria across various market sectors including commercial, retail, education and community.

Magellan Projects utilize local trades and suppliers

 The design and documentation consultant team has been re- appointed to supervise the construction. With Latitude Architects appointed as project superintendent, supported by P.J Yttrup & Associates, consulting engineers and Medland Metropolis, services engineers.

 Work is expected to start on site within days and the building is planned to be completed by late February, 2015.

 The Association is therefore moving to invite expressions of interest from within the community to participate in a Performance Space Management Committee to oversee the venues operations.

The committee will firstly be involved in drafting an operations manual then seeking bookings prior to the completion of the building.

 The Proposal has been developed:

  • To provide Ocean Grove with a venue, permanently available for the use and enjoyment of the whole community; that will complement  Ocean Grove Park’s natural environment and passive recreational opportunities, as the ‘Natural Heart of Ocean Grove’.
  •            In particular it will:
    •        Provide a venue to nurture local and emerging artists.
  •        Provide opportunities for all socio-economic and demographic sections of the community to participate in and enjoy a full range of performing arts.
    •        Provide for concerts, repertory, workshops, other events and incidental community activities appropriate to the facility.
  •       Provide a flexible venue to accommodate a range of audience capacities to meet the needs of the community’s presentation of events.
  •       Ensure any disturbance to the immediate neighbourhood is minimised by the design of the building its acoustic treatment and management


President of the Park Association, Colin Atkins, welcomed the imminent start of construction. He said it had taken a long time and hard work for it to come to fruition. But it was only part of the infrastructure installed in the park for the community over many years guided by the Association’s 2000 Master Plan for the Park. A plan that will be substantially implemented when the performance space is finished.

 The saving of the park and the development of its playgrounds, walking tracks gazebo and much more has been made possible by the dedication of the Association’s members and the community’s support for the many fund raising events.