Ministry Centre Update – March 2019

Ministry Centre Update – March, 2019

On 1st March, the builder notified us that 46 Lilly Pilly shrubs, located on Freight Link property, were available for transplanting. The next day, small team was able to remove them and transplant them onto our Wyong Road boundary. Thank you team.
Ray Lowe has faithfully mown the grass in the area adjacent area to Wyong Road for a number of years. Now there is no grass to mow, he has turned his attention to ensuring the Lilly Pilly do not die!
Our thanks also to Freight Link for allowing us to use a tap on their property for watering the plants.


Construction Update

Construction activities have mainly centred around creating a solid base for the contractor’s offices and Ministry Centre, drainage, installation of perimeter signage and security fencing and additional foundation work due to the recent heavy rain.
While good progress has been made, effectively one week has been lost due to the wet weather.
Once the ground has dried out and been re-rolled, plumbers will install plumbing that is required in the slab, electricians will install electrical items that are required in the slab and form workers will set-out the form work which will define where the concrete is poured for the slab. Following extensive testing of the site, including compaction testing and soil tests, the engineers determined that the construction type is to be Waffle Slab on Top construction. Evidence of this will become clearly visible early April when the in ground services will be completed.

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Finance Update

Mortgage was “exchanged” on 22nd March and therefore the loan is settled. This is a significant mile stone. Work
commenced in November 2018. The preparation of loan paperwork and representations to Baptist Financial Services
was undertaken by Maurice Wrightson and Greg Mason.
We have made our first progress payment to Pluim for work that has been completed.
As at the end of February, giving towards the Ministry Centre is $106,195. This is made up of lump sum $41,500 and
monthly pledges of $64,695.


Contract Update


Rehearsal for Contract Signing.
Left to right; Greg Mason, David Sheath, Maurice Wrightson,
Paul Edwards, Scott Allen (Pluim Constructions) and Lewis
Solmon (Pluim Constructions).




As we reported in the February Update we had signed a letter of intent to enable preliminary work to commence while
work continued on preparation of the Construction Contract.
The signing of the Construction Contract was performed on 29th March! This is the culmination of a huge amount of
work. As well as legal aspects of the construction it contains design specifications for; structural, hydraulic, mechanical,
electrical, fire, survey, approvals, acoustic, vertical transport, utilities, architectural geotechnical/environment and civil.
These specifications have evolved of a period of time as we determined exactly what our requirements are for the
Ministry Centre. As can be seen from the photo above, the contract comprises 8 volumes. The Contract allows for
variations should it be determined that they are required.
Numerous people have been involved in the design stages and the actual compilation of the contract. Special thanks to
the building committee comprising Greg Mason, Paul Edwards and Maurice Wrightson. Also to Lydia Brown for her
input to the legal aspects of the contract.

Auxiliary Projects

The following “Auxiliary Projects” have been identified. Project managers have been allocated to a number of these
projects and work is currently being undertaken to clearly set out specifications for these projects.
Landscape – James Lutwyche; Auditorium Stage – Adam Bradford; Auditorium Ceiling Panels – John Watson; Cover Area
Feature Screen – TO BE DETERMINED; Joinery – Adam Bradford; Auditorium Wall Slats – Rod Smart; Non-Statutory
Signage – TO BE DETERMINED; Kitchen Fit-out – Peter Linnet; Audio Visual – Geoff Nott; Furnishings – Peter Linnet.
We are looking for space where we could store some items when we acquire them. These could be seats for the
auditorium, kitchen benches/equipment and building materials mainly timber sheeting. Suitable storage areas would
be car garages, sheds or industrial units. They would need to be secure and readily accessible. Although we do not
have an immediate requirement, that could change very quickly if items become available. It is likely the storage would
be required until mid November.
If you can help with this please contact Greg Mason (, 4397 1746 or 0408 435 482) and he
will contact you and discuss the requirements.
Once again thank you for your support of the project, both in practical and financial ways. If you would like to
contribute financially to the Building Fund, details are below or place a suitably marked contribution envelope in the
offering bags on a Sunday. The treasurer can be contacted at: We would ask you to be
diligent in honouring your pledges and continue to pray for the project as we build a Ministry Centre that will be “A
Place to Gather and Grow.”


David Sheath
Senior Minister

Building Fund Bank Details:
Account Name: The Lakes Church Building Fund
BSB: 082 574
Account No: 129 796 425

All requests for more information or questions regarding the building of the Ministry Centre should be directed through email