Facelift for Sth Golden Beach hall
It’s taken nearly 20 years, but the South Golden Beach Community Hall is to get a proper parking area and landscaping.
The decision by Byron Council last week to allocate $57,000 to build a 19-space carpark, $10,000 for landscaping and $6500 for a barbecue area, has been welcomed by residents.
Angela Dunlop, the secretary of the South Golden Beach Progress Association, said the area was one of the fastest-growing in the Byron Shire, but ‘sorely bereft’ of community facilities.
Ms Dunlop said the population of the area had doubled since the hall was built in 1992 and the demand from locals and tourists for recreational space had increased proportionately.
She said that for many years residents had to put up with an unattractive and unwelcoming potholed and muddy car-parking area with no drainage.
It was a constant struggle to obtain even the most basic of infrastructure for the hall, she said.
Ms Dunlop commended local resident James Nash for his community spirit in providing a design for the landscaping and parking.
“His design shows how we can create something unique for our area which up until now has had not so much as a park bench,” she said.
“We visualise a vibrant meeting place where locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy and socialise.”
Ms Dunlop said many local residents had indicated they would contribute time and energy to help with planting and pouring of concrete slabs.