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Community and Recreation Hub works begin

“To manage traffic during the build, the remaining portion of the Olympic Park car park will be one way only,” Mr Serle said.

“Earthworks are underway and in the coming days and weeks the old Baptist Church will be demolished and trees and vegetation will be removed.”

The installation of the sewer connection line is expected to occur before Christmas and will require excavation through the Olympic Park car park to the Community and Recreation Hub site compound.

“As a result, there will be short term closures to the car park between now and Christmas, but plenty of notice will be provided before that happens.”

The refurbishment of the existing outdoor 50 metre pool is expected to begin in November 2020.

“The pool will be emptied, and the stairs and pipework will be removed and replaced. Exposed reinforcements will be coated with galvanised paint in preparation for the stainless steel pool insert to be installed later in the project,” Mr Serle said.

Time lapse photography will record the evolution of the project as the build progresses.

Community and Recreation Hub Project Management Team

L to R: BADGE Site Manager Grenville Smith, City of Mount Gambier Procurement Officer Lisa Hinton, City of Mount Gambier City Infrastructure General Manager Nick Serle, BADGE Site Engineer Princi Tandel, Project Manager Nick Argyros, Design Inc Architect Ben McPherson and BADGE Senior Construction Manager Mark Wyatt.

Project Manager Nick Argyros.

Turner & Townsend Associate Nick Argyros is Council’s Project Manager for the Community and Recreation Hub project. Mr Argyros has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked for architectural, construction, project management and development firms in Adelaide.

In recent years, Mr Argyros has project managed the City of Salisbury Council’s $35 million Community Hub project, as well as the City of Marion Council’s City Services $15 million Depot Redevelopment and performed the role of Superintendent for the Adelaide City Council’s $20 million Rundle Mall redevelopment.

“Nick has a wealth of experience in managing projects of this scale and is Council’s advocate during the build and the contact point between the contractors, community and Council,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Andrew Meddle said.

I look forward to working closely with the City of Mount Gambier, the greater community and DesignInc to deliver this iconic project.

– – Project Manager Nick Argyros.

Mr Argyros will also liaise with the BADGE Constructions team including Senior Construction Manager Mark Wyatt and Site Manager Grenville Smith.

“Council is fortunate to have DesignInc Site Architect Ben McPherson, who was born and raised in Mount Gambier, living locally during the week throughout the build,” Mr Meddle said.

“Ben has 11 years experience and worked on the Osbourne Naval Shipbuilding Project, building the facilities for the Australian Governments $35billion Future Frigate Shipbuilding Program. He was also part of the HMAS Cerberus redevelopment in Victoria and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.”

Working on the Mount Gambier Hub in a leading role is a fantastic opportunity to contribute

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Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble to Reopen Financial Hub Links

(Bloomberg) — Singapore and Hong Kong will open their borders to one another for the first time in almost seven months, exempting people in both cities from compulsory quarantine in an agreement that will reinstate links between Asia’s two premier financial hubs.


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Compulsory quarantine will be replaced by coronavirus testing, Singaporean Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung told reporters Thursday, and he hopes the bubble will start in “weeks.” Hong Kong’s commerce and economic development minister, Edward Yau, confirmed the pact, originally reported by the South China Morning Post, soon after.

Hong Kong-listed Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. jumped as much as 7.8%, the most in more than seven weeks, before closing with a 6.1% gain. Shares of Singapore Airlines Ltd. rose 0.6%. Both carriers have been hit particularly hard by travel curbs and the drop in demand from the coronavirus pandemic because they don’t have a domestic market to fall back on.

“This is a milestone development for Hong Kong and an important first step in facilitating the resumption of regular air travel to and from our home hub,” Cathay’s Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Ronald Lam, said in a statement.

A Singapore Airlines spokesperson said the agreement was an “important step in our recovery strategy.” “We strongly support all efforts by the Singapore government to open up the Singapore air hub in a safe

and gradual manner.”

chart: Cathay's shares jumped the most in over seven weeks on the news

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Cathay’s shares jumped the most in over seven weeks on the news

Hong Kong’s Yau said business travelers will get priority in the initial stages of the travel bubble, the arrangements of which could be adjusted if the epidemic improves or worsens. Details of the agreement will be fleshed out in the coming weeks, the Hong Kong government said in a statement, without giving any date for when the plan will come into effect.

Travelers must have been in Hong Kong or Singapore for 14 days before departure and will need to take mutually recognized Covid-19 tests and require negative results. Neither side disclosed the cost of the tests.

“It’s a small step but a significant one because both Hong Kong and Singapore are regional aviation hubs,” Ong said. “For the two of us to be able to control the epidemic, to come together to discuss and establish this air travel bubble, hopefully sets a model for us to forge more such relationships and partnerships.”

Prior to Covid-19, about 1 million trips were made between the two regional hubs a year, according to the Singapore and Hong Kong’s tourism boards. The flight takes about four hours. Total trade between the two was about HK$362.7 billion last year, according to Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department.

Hong Kong closed itself off to non-residents in March and enforced strict measures after its outbreak worsened in July. Though new daily cases have dropped to single- or low double-digits, social distancing rules remain in place, including limiting social gatherings to four people. The city has reported 5,213 infections and 105 deaths. There were

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