10.9 C
Byron Shire
September 17, 2021

Exciting changes at Lennox Community Centre

Latest News

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

Other News

Did NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bow to media pressure?

After announcing last Friday that she would discontinue her daily press conference and the media backlash that followed, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was back at her post at 11am today fronting the camera and question

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

Strange strategy

The strategy applied by Byron Shire Council (BSC) since 2002 is bemusing at best. Firstly a position was created by...

Byron’s CBD heights limits pushed – again 

The developer behind a new, multi-storey motel to be built in central Byron Bay has applied to further increase the height of the building, despite having already been allowed to exceed the maximum height limit for that part of town.

More than 8,000 free meals given away in Ballina lockdown

Around 8,000 free meals were given to a dramatically increased number of people needing them in Ballina over the lockdown period starting 9 August.

New Mullum Indian

S Haslam Mullumbimby now has its own Indian restaurant at the Mullumbimby Golf Club. Mullum Indian Restaurant is open Wednesday...

Lennox Community Centre renovations
What are they building in there? Lennox Community Centre renovations – photo David Lowe

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.

Lennox Community Centre Renovation
Lennox Community Centre under renovation, view from south-west – pic Ballina Shire Council

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.


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 COMMENT

  1. The colobond panels on the four big eastern columns are already full of dents and deformed.
    Really ugly and poor form..
    Please make sure this gets rectified before it is delivered to our community.
    It is taxpayers’ money after all.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student at Goonellabah Public School testing...