20.4 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

More money to fix Cavanbah Centre failures

Latest News

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Community land trust

Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

Decisive handling

Keith Duncan, Pimlico It’s great to see popular Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews rehabilitating well and on-track to return to work. His...

Margaret Keating, Ocean Shores. 

I read in The Echo last issue, that $10million is to be spent to redevelop Cavanbah Centre owing to ‘poor planning prior to construction’.  This centre only opened five years ago.

At least we now know where our extraordinary rate rise is being spent.

Who is responsible for this ‘poor planning’ ? And please don’t insult ratepayers by saying the rate rise is being spent on infrastructure to enhance Byron Shire.

If Council got things right in the planning processes, maybe we wouldn’t have needed this extraordinary hardship tax on our community.

Ten million dollars can go a long way to filling potholes.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Thomas George wants to more the railway line for housing development. Thomas George is leaving politics so this year will be about development from Thomas George and the destruction of the railway line.

  2. There is a real danger with assuming that greater expenditure on the Centre will increase patronage and decrease losses. There is one big disincentive to anyone wanting to use this centre for a relaxing swim or gym workout – Ewingsdale Rd! I’m afraid the experience of getting through Byron then tackling this road makes anything in this area a wasteland for me. The trip in and out would likely negate any health (especially mental health) benefits gained from the exercise or massage. No solutions, only promise of exacerbation for the future.

    Byron Shire has a very small permanent population with a lot of it living quite a distance (particularly in travel time) from this facility. It is quite a gamble to suggest this population can produce enough patronage to sustain ten million dollars worth of extra facilities, including an additional pool. Many small communities find funding a pool difficult let alone one surrounded by beautiful beaches. A much smaller investment in solar covers would greatly extend the current pool season in this mild climate.

    Has there been any study of how much usage is likely from the average laid-back tourist? The GM envisages much patronage from the growing popularity of sports tourism and the development of glamping on the site. True, there might be a big attraction if patrons can stay on-site but if the facility my rates will be gambled on will be taken up with sports camps and I can’t use it, or will be overwhelmed by large numbers of elite athletes, it’s not the community sports facility I would have wanted in return.

    The GM regrets the ‘built it and they will come’ thinking that led to the original poor planning but there seems to be much of the same in the current optimistic projections. Let’s hope we don’t end up with an extra ten million’s worth of white elephant.

  3. The actual execution of the contract to build the centre was the usual council staff administrative disaster with many questions still remaining in in the wind. Most of the capital came from the federal government delivered in the paddock by Albo his self. The motivation for such largess was undoubtedly the precarious electoral standing of our beloved but ephemeral local member Justine.
    Those now second guessing the wisdom of the project should be aware that it was an instance of rare and furious agreement between the mayor Jan Barham and her would-be nemesis Ross Tucker (remember him?).
    The reason it failed to thrive is most likely the reluctance of locals to travel (even small distances) and their steadfast devotion to local facilities. Add to this the disaster that is Ewingsdale Rd now and the fact it will become nothing but a car park with West Byron.
    With council staff back in the rehab driving driving seat I wouldn’t be inclined to buy shares in its success.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.