Major start on indoor sports centre for Byron Bay

A major start has been made on the multi-purpose indoor sports centre at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex now under construction in Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.
Byron Council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said that with the help of an 80-tonne crane, a total of 41 concrete wall panels were stood up over three days.
“The concrete wall panels have been constructed on site over the past several weeks,” he said.
“Once in place, the final concrete floor slab will be in-filled and the steel frame for the walls and roof will commence.”
When completed the multi-purpose facility will feature basketball and netball courts, volleyball, futsal, badminton, activity rooms, meeting room, toilets, change rooms, storage facilities and will be able to host cultural events.
Mr Holloway said the site was well and truly starting to take shape, with cricket nets erected and work on outdoor synthetic netball courts started.
“Once the final lighting poles are installed over the coming weeks, and the heavy vehicles gone, the remaining turf around the perimeter of the sports fields will be laid,” he said.
“Turf on the playing fields is establishing well and they will be top-dressed prior to Christmas.”
The two recent community tree planting days, said Mr Holloway, saw more than 250 volunteers plant 7000 shrubs and trees and the majority of the landscaping completed.
He said the support from sporting clubs and community groups was substantial and the council had estimated the volunteers had contributed around $24,000 in labour costs over the two days.
Work also recommenced last week on the Ewingsdale Road roundabout adjacent to the sporting complex.
 Mr Holloway said the contractors were back on site and repairs to the roundabout were expected to take around a month, depending on weather conditions.
In 2009, the council was successful in being awarded Australian Government funding of $8 million from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and another $1.5 million from the Better Regions Program.
With a final cost estimate of $16.8 million, the council has contributed the remaining $7.3 million.
When completed in early 2012, the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex will be home to sporting teams including soccer, rugby, AFL, cricket, athletics, basketball, netball, volleyball, feature general use fields and have the ability to host and support cultural events.

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