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Settlement in sight in Lennox Head community centre stoush

Lennox Head Cultural and Leisure Centre.
Lennox Head Cultural and Leisure Centre. Jay Cronan

A LEGAL stoush between Ballina Shire Council and the Melbourne-based architectural firm behind the Lennox Head Community Centre could be resolved soon through settlement.

Since 2010, Ballina Council has been seeking damages from the community centre's initial architect Greenway Hurst Page over a "defective design" and breaches of the consultancy agreement for the project.

The settlement was hinted at in this week's Ballina Council agenda, which said "the solicitors representing the insurer for GHP are now proposing a possible settlement in this claim".

Details of the potential settlement will be discussed in the confidential section of this week's ordinary Ballina Council meeting.

Ballina Council general manager Paul Hickey said the council was unable to comment on the possibility of a settlement.

In February this year, the Ballina netball and basketball associations suspended all games at the purpose-built centre claiming it did not meet sporting safety standards.

The sporting associations said there was not enough clear run-off space around the outside of the court, creating a safety and insurance liability.

In an interview with The Northern Star in February this year, Ballina Council's manager Steve Barnier said the council had expected the community centre hall to be built in compliance with sporting standards.

"The documentation provided by the architect, Greenway Hurst Page, at the time indicated that the community and sports hall would be a designated area for competitive level basketball and netball," he said. "That hasn't been delivered."

But Greenway Hurst Page director, Neville Page, said this plan was provided to council and approved.

"We did a drawing coloured up with the various sized courts, how it would fit, and what the clearances were to the wall, and the council signed off on that," he said.

Topics:  ballina shire council lennox head community centre



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