THE Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre is over time and over budget, but it will make a splash when it is opened in two week’s time.
For the coming week or so, the final clean up of the centre and the instalment of the last delivered gym equipment will be complete in time for the centre to open doors to the public on Saturday, October 27.
The day before, a grand opening of Gurri Wanyarra will include a visit by Olympian Brooke Hanson. The facility is destined to be an important centre for health treatment.
All pool areas are accessible for people in wheelchairs or with mobility challenges.
Council’s Lincoln Fitzgerald said Gurri Wanyarra contained Bendigo’s first fully disability-assisted changeroom.
But construction challenges including disruptive weather, have delayed the completion of the centre which was initially projected to open in early 2018.
The council has put the total cost of the centre at $32.4 million which is almost $1m over budget.
“The project encountered a number of problems early on in the building process, particularly in overcoming groundwater issues,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“The project is within five per cent of budget, which is not uncommon.”