Lennox Head residents will have noticed the scaffolding around the Lennox Community Centre in recent months. This week Echonetdaily spoke to Craig Brown, Ballina Shire Council’s Manager of Community Facilities, to get an update about what’s happening with the renovations.
Mr Brown explained that local building company AGS Commercial Pty Ltd is delivering the project for council, with council and external project management overseeing the works. He said there have been some delays due to contractors being held up at the Queensland border during COVID-19, but the renovations are progressing well.
There will be significant improvements both inside and outside the building. For example, the capacity of the Park Lane Theatre within the centre will grow from 480 to 580 patrons and allow up to 800 standing room for performances and activities.
Roofing and internal lining issues in the main building will be resolved, and the new internal linings of the theatre area will be in more of a theatre style. Another highlight visually will be the new facings on the exterior of the building.
The summer over-heating issues of the original theatre and foyer area will be much improved with the addition of air-conditioning to these areas.
Mr Brown said this ‘will promote greater use of the centre for a myriad of events all-year round’.
The additional electricity needs of the building will be offset by a doubling of the solar photovoltaic system, from 40kW to 80kW. Mr Brown explained that these panels will be placed on the new roof over the main hall.
In terms of expense, Mr Brown said ‘the building enhancements are expected to cost approximately $2.3 million with the assistance of $1.8 million in grant funding through the NSW Regional Cultural Fund.’
Inside, the audio-visual experience for films, conferences and other events will be greatly improved, with the installation of a new laser projector and six-metre screen.
Mr Brown said Ballina Council hopes the improvements to the theatre and stage areas will encourage more great acts and events to use the Lennox Community Centre, which will be great for locals and tourism in our area.