Arncliffe Youth Centre tender

Right direction: An artist's impression of the new Arncliffe Youth Centre.
Right direction: An artist's impression of the new Arncliffe Youth Centre.

Bayside Council is tendering the lease and management of the new purpose-built Arncliffe Youth Centre at 233 Princes Highway, Arncliffe.

The tender includes:

  • providing youth services for young people
  • providing recreational, sporting and other services for young people and others within the community
  • leasing and asset management of the Arncliffe Youth Centre

The youth centre will accommodate a range of organised sport and informal spaces and include two indoor multi-purpose courts, one with a grandstand for up to 440 spectators, and a number of rooms to accommodate recreational activities and youth services.

As well as sporting activities, the aim of the centre is to be a learning and study space, with rooms to accommodate music and artistic pursuits and youth support and counselling.

The Arncliffe Youth Centre could be operational from early 2021 following Bayside Council's unanimous decision to outsource its management.

There were fears for the future of the youth centre after builder, Ralan was placed under voluntary administration last year.

Ralan was building the youth centre in conjunction with its adjacent 318-unit development, called The Orchid, at 213 Princes Highway, Arncliffe.

But Ralan went into voluntary administration on July 30, 2019 and administrators Grant Thornton Australia Pty Ltd worked with creditors and other stakeholders as to the best way to proceed with the project.

Back in 2014 the then Rockdale Council entered into an agreement with Ralan for the company to build the Arncliffe Youth Centre in exchange for the council transferring the development potential from its Wardell Street property - vacant land along the railway track - to the company's adjoining land at 213 Princes Highway.

The agreement saved the council about $3 million which it had set aside to build a new youth centre.

Requests for Tender documents for the youth can be obtained by registering via the E-Tendering Portal. There is no fee to download the documents.

If there are difficulties accessing the website call the Tenderlink Helpdesk on 1800 233 533.

Deadline: The RFT closes on Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 10am (AEDT time).

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