Byron Bay Little Athletics club president Tim Gotterson confirmed overnight that the organisation has been supplied with a draft user agreement to sign by Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of community infrastructure Phil Holloway.
Yesterday Echonetdaily and the Byron Echo revealed that the group had been locked out of their new home at the Ewingsdale sports complex despite verbal assurances from council staff that if they moved their gear and equipment there for the launch event they could continue to play at the site.
Mr Holloway told Echonetdaily on Monday he ‘made it clear to all user groups that the fields and facilities would not be used until sports field user agreements were in place’.
He did not explain why, given the long time taken to build the complex, Council was still without a suitable document for groups to sign.
Yesterday a temporary user agreement finally appeared, with a copy reaching Mr Gotterson around lunchtime. The agreement allows the group to commence training on the ground this coming Friday 24 February and is set to end on 30 April 2012, allowing Council to review it in the meantime.
The 13-page document appears to cover every conceivable aspect of the operation of the sports grounds and related facilities, including storage and canteens, lighting, irrigation, vehicle access and sub-letting.
The group will have ongoing access to the Herb Elliot Athletics Field and related amenities, storage and canteens.
Mr Gotterson said he was relieved common sense had prevailed and thanked The Echo for its role in resolving the issue.