Sports centre shaping up at Goonellabah
AS builders worked to construct the $17 million Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday, locals Bruce Broadbent and Therese McMahon had a stickybeak through the boundary fence.
They are looking forward to using the facility's pool in summer and have been keeping tabs on the centre's progress whenever they drive past.
“We live just on the other side of the creek (Tucki Tucki Creek), so we're really interested in what's going on,” Ms McMahon said at the facility's 'open day'.
“It will be very good for Lismore, in providing more jobs and giving kids something to do.
“I think it will be a good thing for the community all round.”
The centre will include a swimming pool and toddlers' paddling pool, as well as a water slide.
There will also be courts for indoor soccer, netball and volleyball, and an administration section.
A fitness centre will feature group exercise rooms and infra-red saunas.
Stage two of the Lismore City Council project will include rehabilitation of Tucki Tucki Creek, which is adjacent to the centre, including the removal of camphor laurel trees, the planting of natives and the creation of walkways.
It is also proposed the creek will be deepened in some areas where it is now stagnant.
However, Mr Broadbent said he was concerned about how much bushland would be cleared between his home and the facility.
“But who knows, the landscaping could do wonders,” he said.
The facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year.