The Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex (BRSCC) multipurpose facility is a step closer to being ready for use.
The construction contractor has given the keys to Council staff and will brief them next week on the facility’s operation.
The handover comes after a new timber floor at the complex was successfully installed. The floor was replaced following an inspection by the builder in April, who found the original flooring unsatisfactory. The replacement floor has come at no cost to the community.
Council’s acting executive manager society and culture, Greg Ironfield, said with the building now handed over to Council, the next stage was to appoint permanent managers for the facility.
‘We’ve engaged casual staff to assist with the running of the building until a permanent management arrangement is secured.
‘Management is currently considering submissions from relevant parties to run the complex and these will be reported to Council at the end of June for consideration,’ he said.
‘Now the building has been handed to Council, we will be speaking with the sporting and community groups that have already expressed an interest to use the centre about their usage needs,’ he said.
Mr Ironfield said procedures are currently being put in place for things such as opening and closing the centre, use of the facilities and setting up of equipment, etc.
The new facility features two multi-use courts marked for basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball and many other sports. In addition, there are two meeting rooms and two multi-use activity rooms suitable for dance classes, karate, art classes and many other community uses available for hire.
Mr Ironfield thanked the community for their patience as they waited for the centre doors to open.
‘This is an important facility for the Byron Shire community, as well as the wider region.
‘We’re confident the finished floor product reflects the investment the community has made, and we trust the community thinks the wait has been worth it,’ he said.
Sporting and cultural groups interested in using the indoor facility can contact Council on 6626 7000.