Rec Ground help call

Byron Shire Council has finally seen fit to spend some of our ratepayers Section 94 funds on the long neglected and downgraded sports fields at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground.

Starting this month, the main soccer field is to be expanded to a near full international-size and the much-used playing surface hopefully improved to a reasonable standard that may hopefully last a full season.

The adjacent Number 2 soccer and hockey fields are to have their surfaces upgraded so that they are safer and more durable as well.

Tenders are being called for the erection of an additional amenities building next to the existing inadequate amenities block shared by soccer, netball, cricket and rugby union.

These improvements are scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2005 season, but this will only happen if the Byron Bay community gets involved and assists wherever possible.

The first opportunity to do this will be this Sunday from 1 pm when at least 50 to 100 people will be required to eradicate the tussock-type grass (parramatta grass) from the playing surface.

If this is not done before the top dressing is carried out, this resilient grass will take over and destroy any chance of the users of the fields to have a decent surface.

The Byron Bay Soccer Club will be catering with a sausage sizzle and refreshments at the end of the working bee.

It's vital the community lends a hand.

- Glenn Bradford, President, Byron Bay Soccer Club.

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