Trinity sports centre completion on target
By NERIDA BLOK
GARY EVANS can't wait for the drone of car horns to be a distant memory for Trinity Catholic College Lismore student assemblies.
The project manager for the school's new $7.3 million sports centre, being built on the corner of Dawson and Orion streets, said construction was on schedule to finish in late January next year.
The centre will include a 25metre heated pool, gymnasium and an air-conditioned double basketball court.
"At the momement we meet in a cold undercroft, which is open to the elements and car horns," Mr Evans said.
"It will be great to be able to meet as a whole group (1400 students) in facilities where there's no columns in front or the sound of car horns."
But he said the main aim of the centre, funded entirely by parents through a building fund, was to meet the sporting needs of the college and students.
"It will be great when it's finished," he said. "Kids will be able to swim and play basketball in their lunch breaks and be out of the sun."
Mr Evans said the pool was being constructed by Gold Coast firm Spantech using mostly local tradespeople.
He said it was a German-designed Myrtha pool 'guaranteed never to crack'.
"It is designed by Germans, built by Italians and constructed by Australians," he laughed.
Mr Evans said a key feature was the special type of inner liner used.
"If you get any huge movement in the ground, it will flex," he said.
The general public will be welcome to use the centre.
"But like anything new, we'll probably bed it down first for 12 months," he said.
Mr Evans gave credit to school principal Brother Peter as the project's driving force.