Casino centre gets go ahead
FOR a moment there it looked like it may be mission impossible.
But now the Richmond Valley Council has found a way to bring the Casino Community and Cultural Centre in on budget.
“We'll have a completely useable facility by mid-2011,” council's director of environmental development services, Ken Exley, said.
While the original design for the centre included plans for five small meeting rooms on the ground floor, the two-storey development will now simply include one large meeting room with an outdoor courtyard and toilet facilities.
The first floor space, which will be offered to a suitable neighbourhood group, will not have its own amenities, but be linked to them by a lift.
Proposed building materials have been also amended to reduce costs.
Work will be undertaken by a local firm, Bennett Constructions, of Lismore, and is due to begin in the first two weeks of July.
Construction is expected to take 42 weeks and will cost $3.3 million, funded by a grant through the Federal Government's Better Regions Program.
Mr Exley said the art deco exterior of the building had been designed to complement the theme of Casino.
He expects the centre will be used by community groups ranging from the Red Cross to the local senior citizens' association.