Push for more space at complex

With a budget surplus of almost $1.5 million available, the Byron Sports Association is pushing for a third playing court to be added to the multi-purpose indoor centre at the new Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex site in Ewingsdale Road.

Association member, Paul Irwin, said the quote accepted by Byron Council of $3.9m, minus GST, to build the centre was $1.8m under the adopted budget of $5.7m.

Mr Irwin said allowing 10 per cent for ‘usual cost blow-outs’ it would leave an expected $1.4m available which could be used to expand the indoor centre.

“The Sports Association welcomes the opportunity to see an expansion of the indoor facility,” he said.

“The budget has come in under by a long way. We just don’t want to see it (funding) lost.

“Let’s put some money towards a third court and the Sports Association is willing to sacrifice the fourth court to allow for cultural facilities.

“What we are looking at is to build a facility to hold major events.

“We can make it more attractive for trade shows and seminars.

“It’s a community facility and we can offer a place for table tennis, volleyball, or whatever.”

Mr Irwin said a three-court complex was critical for staging regional basketball and netball tournaments.

He said the recommendation to add the extra court would go before the Project Reference Group which would in turn make a recommendation to the council.

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