Glitch puts complex out of action

SPORTING clubs hoping to use the new Byron sports complex can put their plans back on hold.

Use of the main indoor arena has been delayed another eight weeks, after Byron Shire Council announced the timber floor at the facility was faulty and would have to be replaced.

The latest delay follows a series of teething problems with the site, including inadequate playing field boundaries for soccer, and lack of outdoor lighting for netball.

Final inspections of the main arena floor by the builder revealed problems with the support beams and finish, and if not replaced now the main arena could require re-flooring within a few years.

At this stage it is anticipated the new floor will be completed in June.

According to Mayor Jan Barham "as disappointing as it is for Council, and especially the keen sporting groups, it is better to get defects sorted out prior to contractor hand-over".

As reported in the Byron Shire News last week, the $17 million complex has been used by only one sports group since it formally opened on February 10, due to these and other issues such as council's inability to finalise user agreements with the sporting clubs.

Negotiations by council on recovering funds from a cost blowout of more than $700,000 relating to the adjacent Ewingsdale roundabout repairs, money which could potentially be used to improve the sports complex, have so far failed to bear any fruit.

Council's executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said at this stage it was still unknown when an outcome could be resolved, or how much of the repair costs could be re-covered.



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