Banora Pt divided on centre

By SKYE KENNEDY and REBECCA CURINO

THE new $1.5 million community centre being developed in Banora Point is nearing completion ? but some residents still have doubts about the need for it.

Social Planner of Tweed Shire Council Robin Spragg said that the Banora Point and District Residents' Association raised a number of arguments against the construction of the centre at the corner of Leisure and Woodlands drives, with numerous residents doubting whether the centre was actually needed.

Mr Spragg said some residents felt the money could be used for other purposes.

With only a few months of development remaining, the Tweed Shire Council was forced to resolve the issue of what the community centre should be called.

The Council has recommended that the name of the centre be the Banora Point Community Centre as this is what it was called during the community consultation process.

Mr Spragg said that although the name has not yet been officially decided, it is likely the recommended name will be adopted for the centre, as it will be the only community centre in Banora Point.

Despite these obstacles, the community centre is being welcomed by at least some citizens.

Mrs Tammy Brown of Banora Point said she thought the centre would be beneficial to the community, and that she would consider using the baby health-care facility for her children.

The centre will offer a number of other facilities including public meeting rooms and a public computer resource centre for the use of community organisations.

The outside area of the centre will have landscaped community gardens with water features, and also a children's playground.

Mr Spragg said the $1.5 million building will be ready, and open, early in the new year.



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