Council supports names for centre
BYRON Council has backed a proposal to name sections of the nearly-completed Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Centre after John and Delvene Cornell and Olympic legend Herb Elliott.
The Cornells, former owners of The Beach Hotel, have been long-time supporters of Byron Shire community and sporting groups and causes, and Herb Elliott used his considerable influence to help get funding for the project. The proposal by the Byron Bay Community Sports Association (BBCA) to name the north-western section of the centre "The Cornell Family Fields" and the north-eastern section encompassing the athletics field "The Herb Elliott Fields" will go on public exhibition for 28 days for comment.
If the names are finally endorsed by the council, they will be sent to the Geographical Names Board to be registered.
In its submission to the council, the BBCA said the vote to honour the Cornells and Mr Elliott had been unanimous.
It said the Cornells had contributed to the local community in many ways for 30 years and had never sought public recognition, and Mr Elliott, who had since moved to Sydney for family reasons, had been instrumental in securing Federal Government grants of almost $10 million for the project.
The BBCA sought the approval of the Cornells and Mr Elliott before lodging the submission.
Byron Bay Community Sports Association:
The vote to honour the Cornells and Mr Elliott had been unanimous.