Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot at the opening ceremony.
Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot at the opening ceremony.

Sports complex opens for business

AFTER a construction error postponed the opening of Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex's multi-purpose facility, its doors officially open to community and sporting groups today.

The $4 million facility was to open in April but an inspection resulted in timber floors being replaced and the delay in opening.

However, Byron Shire Council acting society and culture executive manager Greg Ironfield said many community and sporting groups had expressed interest in using it.

"Council staff have been busy speaking with interested sports teams and others to develop a schedule that allows the more than 40 groups who have so far expressed a desire to use the facility," he said.

Plans to use it by basketball, futsal, roller derby, dance, yoga, martial arts and health training groups, as well as committees, has caused time clashes which Mr Ironfield said council was working to resolve.

"We appreciate the community's patience while the important work of getting the facility ready for use, and for organising equitable access, has been carried out," he said.

The hall is next to seven outdoor playing fields, netball courts, athletics tracks and cricket nets. It brings the total value of the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex to $17 million.

 

The complex

Total cost: $17 million

Officially open to community and sporting groups from today.



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