$14m will buy a lot of fun
By Luke Prendergast
LISMORE City Council will spend over $14 million on construction of the Goonellabah Recreation Centre after agreeing on a final price with its preferred tenderer.
Council general manager Paul O'Sullivan has concluded negotiations with construction firm Spantech, agreeing on a contract value of $13,076,450, plus GST.
Spantech is a Broadbeach-based Australian company which designs and constructs a range of buildings and curved roofs using their patented system.
The system features structural panels which can be used either flat or curved to construct frameless wide span buildings.
Council is currently assessing a development application for earthworks. A separate application for the remainder of the building will be submitted in early August. Barring delays, council expects work to begin in late September or early October.
Council authorised Mr O'Sullivan to enter negotiations in April. The final agreement followed a consultation process with stakeholders and potential user groups.
Changes suggested at meetings with youth service providers, schools, community groups, sporting groups and the general public were incorporated into the final design. Plans for a skate park are still in the design stage.
The building will include the requisite plumbing for underground water tanks, as council pursues federal and state funding for their installation.
The approved plan includes a multi-purpose swimming pool and water slides, two basketball courts, a gymnasium, youth activity rooms, child minding facilities and a cafe.