An artist’s impression of the new multi-purpose centre at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.
An artist’s impression of the new multi-purpose centre at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.

Tender let for sports centre

The fields are well under way, the roundabout has been built – and now the tender for the multi-purpose centre has been let for the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex in Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.

To be built at a cost of $4.23 million, the tender was awarded to Multi Span Australia Pty Ltd.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the awarded tender was under the budgeted amount with building set to start in early 2011.

The multi-purpose building is an integral component of the $16.8 million sports and cultural complex.

Cr Barham said the building would have the potential for many sporting uses and cultural activities, including meeting spaces for community groups.

She said it was also designed to accommodate conferences.

“The facility will provide a valuable new building that will cater for a wide variety of community uses,” she said.

“Included in the building design are wide under-cover outdoor spaces that will allow for additional breakout for functions and events as well as wet weather protection.

“The council and the community appreciate that this facility will create the potential for a wide range of local, regional and tourism benefits.

“The Federal Government’s funding support of this significant community complex has made it a short-term reality rather than a long-term dream.”

At more than 3500 square metres, the multipurpose building will have sprung timber flooring, activity rooms, storage facilities, amenities and change rooms, canteen/kitchen, drop-in room and reception.

To accommodate future demands, the building has also been designed to allow for a future second floor over a section of the building.

Earlier on this month, the Ewingsdale Road roundabout at the entrance to the complex was completed.

Traffic has been flowing through the roundabout and work is now being completed on the road approaches, verges and the temporary side road.

Byron Shire Council executive manager of community infrastructure Phil Holloway said the project construction had been going well.

“While an exciting project, it has been demanding juggling wet weather work-arounds,” he said.

“Throughout the past six months we’ve managed to move from one site area to another when the wet weather has closed in. But those windows have now closed.

“The turf laying has experienced some delays. However, this month we’ve managed to lay turf on the hockey and athletic fields section of the sports field.

“With more wet weather forecasted, it is looking like we won’t need to turn the irrigation on.”

The sporting fields’ irrigation uses reclaimed water from the adjacent West Byron Integrated Water Management Reserve.

In 2009 the council was 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 for the sports complex.

With a final cost estimated to be $16.8 million, the council has contributed the remaining $7.3 million.

When completed in early 2012, the complex will be home to many sports including soccer, rugby, cricket, AFL, athletics and basketball as well as cultural events.

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