Hindmarsh Council confirms Nhill's Davis Park grandstand will remain closed to the public

SAFETY CONCERNS: Nhill and District Sporting Club life members Yvonne and Jim Gladdis with the grandstand at Davis Park that is closed for safety issues. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
SAFETY CONCERNS: Nhill and District Sporting Club life members Yvonne and Jim Gladdis with the grandstand at Davis Park that is closed for safety issues. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

NHILL’S Davis Park grandstand will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to structural and safety concerns. 

Hindmarsh Council closed the grandstand on the eve of the Nhill Tigers’ Wimmera Football League round two clash.

Hindmarsh Shire Council’s infrastructure director Shane Power said an independent structural assessment had been completed with preliminary findings concluding the grandstand should remain closed. 

“In its current condition we were correct in closing the structure to the public and it remains closed,” he said.

“The full extent of deterioration will be known next week along with any costings to restoring, strengthening and/or replacing it.”

Mr Power said the council would be briefed on the report next Wednesday.

“We have some preliminary results but the council will be briefed on the final report with regard to what the options are, what the costs are to restore the grandstand and the other options – which could be complete removal or replacement,” he said.

Mr Power met with the Nhill and District Sporting Club on Tuesday.

“I met with the club on Tuesday to discuss a number of Davis Park related matters,” he said.

“I communicated to them that the initial findings suggest the grandstand doesn’t have structural integrity. We have put up a more permanent closure in terms of fixing ply-boards to the entrance to the stairs so people cannot remove that.”