Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has defended recent criticism of the shire’s perennially underutilised Byron Region Sport and Cultural Complex (BRSCC) at Ewingsdale.
As Echonetdaily revealed yesterday, the facility lost $300,173 last year and is critically underutilised.
A report, to be tabled at tomorrow’s Byron Shire Council meeting, says that ‘for every $4 of expenditure to operate facilities, only $1 in revenue is raised’.
But Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson told Echonetdaily yesterday that the figure was ‘the worst we will get’.
Mayor Richardson said, ‘currently we “lose” more than $1 million a year with our libraries – not all services will ever be profitable’.
But he added, ‘we are about to have the AFL move in; we are hosting far more festivals and events and other sporting teams are close to getting on board. The commercial kitchen is just one of a few ways we can minimise costs.’
Byron Shire Council will vote tomorrow on whether to abandon searching for an external manager and permanently taking management of the BRSCC in house.