First soil turned on $8m school project
By Samantha Turnbull
A mixture of asphalt, dirt and holy water was yesterday dug up as a sea of blue-shirted students performed the sign of the cross in unison outside Lismore's Trinity Catholic College.
The sod-turning ceremony was held to mark the beginning of work on the college's $8 million sporting complex, set to open this November.
The college's youngest student Harry Deacon, 11, was chosen to turn the first sod after the asphalt was loosened by a backhoe and blessed by Fr Dennis Carroll, of St Carthage's Cathedral.
"I felt privileged to be chosen and to know that one day I'll be able to bring my kids back and say 'I started this building!'" Harry said.
"I'm not planning a career as a builder though ? I can't dig holes very well."
Trinity College Council deputy chair Berenice Kerr told the hundreds of students who looked on that they were witnessing an im- portant part of Lismore's history.
"This is a symbolic event," she said.
"It's symbolic of the beginning but also symbolic of what the Catholic school system in Lismore has achieved over the years."
The new 3460 square metre sports centre will be the first of its kind in the city.
It will have a 10-lane shortcourse swimming pool, two indoor basketball courts, weight training area and a combined indoor cricket, soccer and hockey pitch.
The complex will be built on a former section of Orion Street next to the Police Citizens Youth Club.
College principal Brother Peter said he hoped to eventually open the centre up to the public.
"We're yet to finalise the opening hours but we hope to have it open weeknights and weekends," he said.
"It will be an exceptional facility not only for the college but for the whole community."