FIT SOON: Goonellabah resident Jay Dakker jogs through the proposed site for the Goonellabah leisure centre at Oliver Avenue an
FIT SOON: Goonellabah resident Jay Dakker jogs through the proposed site for the Goonellabah leisure centre at Oliver Avenue an

Council to spend $10m on leisure at Goonellabah



JAY DAKKER lifts weights at home or "round at his mate's place".

But, come the end of next year, the Goonellabah fitness fanatic hopes to be working out in a new S10million leisure centre near his Oliver Avenue home.

Lismore City Council has released its plans for a Goonellabah leisure centre to be built by the end of 2006.

The proposed centre is to be built on land between Oliver Avenue and Simeoni Drive, and will include a 25metre pool, gymnasium and two airconditioned basketball courts.

"It would be good," said Mr Dakker. "They haven't got one down in Goonellabah. They've got nothing here."

The long-awaited project had been delayed after a breakdown in negotiations between the council and the owner of a parcel of land needed for the centre.

However Lismore City councillors have unanimously resolved for the council to compulsorily acquire the land from owner and Brisbane-based developer, Consolidated Properties.

Consolidated Properties developed the Goonellabah shopping centre.

Lindsay Walker, executive director development and governance, said the council's existing land earmarked for the site had both environmental and infrastructure constraints.

A Telstra line, sewer and Tucki Tucki Creek run through it.

Mr Walker said when you took into account those constraints, 'it doesn't leave enough land for building'.

Mr Walker said the centre was important for the community.

"There is a complete lack of youth facilities in Goonellabah," he said.

He said the centre would 'at the one site provide exceptional facilities for youth and make a very significant positive impact on the environmental aspects of the Tucki Tucki Creek'.

It will be built in two stages.

The first stage includes a sports hall, two indoor air-conditioned basketball courts, a creche, gymnasium, aerobics area, and cafe.

Stage one construction is expected to start following acquisition of the land in approximately six months, with completion due at the end of 2006.

Stage two, with its 25 metre-indoor pool and a beach entry leisure water, has not been scheduled.



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