Goonellabah youth plaza on the rocks
THERE is a pile of rocks sitting where the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre 'youth plaza' was going to be built.
Nearly $600,000 of Federal Government funding was withdrawn from the project last month and a Lismore City Council spokesman said that unless another source of funding could be found, the area would probably be landscaped.
The youth plaza was designed to be a separate building next to the main centre where young people could participate in a range of free activities, such as skateboarding.
Everything else at the centre, including a child-minding facility, will operate under a user-pays system.
The good news is the rest of the centre is on track to open as scheduled in December.
The Northern Star was taken on a guided tour of the site yesterday by construction manager Simon Barker.
The $17-million recreation centre isn't the biggest project he has overseen, after working on a number of secret underground Defence Force facilities.
The main pool is well under way and slopes down for wheelchair access.
Mr Barker said a looping waterslide winding in-and-out of the building would be built with the pool.
There is also a kid's pool with soft walls extending into the water and a courtyard with a canteen.
An upstairs gym is at the other end of the building, and an indoor court area catering for various sports is well under way.
Mr Barker said the next stage was the inclusion of angled perspex windows. “When the lights are on it will look like the roof is floating. That's the effect the architect wanted,” he said.