It’s been a long haul and a few false starts, but Byron Shire’s $17 million Regional Sports and Cultural Complex opens for use by the public today.
After February’s grand official opening, Byron Shire Council was forced to replace the brand new timber floor, and sporting fields were just too soggy for use after months of rain.
For the past few months, Council has been busy putting the finishing touches to allow sporting, cultural and other community groups to start using the multipurpose facility.
Council’s acting society and culture executive manager Greg Ironfield said various community and sporting groups were already organising future bookings for a range of activities.
These include basketball, futsal, roller derby, dance, yoga, martial arts, health training and committee meetings.
‘Meanwhile, other groups that haven’t yet contacted Council are also welcome to come in and have a look through the centre and book a time to start using the space. Alternatively, booking forms will be available on Council’s website from Monday,’ he said.
Mr Ironfield said a lot of work had taken place in recent months to get the facility ready for the community to use.
‘Council staff have been busy speaking with interested sports teams and others to develop a schedule that allows the more than 40 groups who have so far expressed a desire to use the facility,’ he said.
‘Demand for the site has been very strong, which has meant that Council has had to accommodate a wide variety of interests to ensure the site is used to its full potential.’
He said staff have been looking at the ‘best fit’ for the allocation of days and times and, where clashes have occurred, have contacted the groups and tried to accommodate to the next best alternative days.
‘We appreciate the community’s patience while the important work of getting the facility ready for use, and for organising equitable access, has been carried out.
‘This is a facility for the whole community, and Council wants as many groups as possible to have access to it for their club or organisation. It is a terrific space and the time has arrived for the community to enjoy using it to the full,’ Mr Ironfield said.
For inquiries over hire of the centre, call 02 6685 5911.