Byron Shire Council resolved last week to review the costing and scope of works for the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex.
The decision followed a report to the council detailing an independent quantity surveyor’s review of the project which estimated the costs coming in at over $23 million. Council had originally budgeted $14.8 million.
Mayor Jan Barham said the increased construction costs mean that the sporting complex will need to be reviewed, with options to consider reducing the facilities and/or building the complex in stages and varying the funding agreements.
She said whilst the decision means the project may take longer than originally planned, it remained a priority project for the Shire.
“Last week’s report was a real disappointment to have the costing come in significantly higher than anticipated, however, we are committed to building the new sports fields and indoor stadium,” she said.
“This project has been about supporting a healthier region and delivering a facility that has widespread community support and Federal Government funding contributions.”
The council has requested an urgent report to review the costs of the project and consider the option of staged construction.
The council is also in contact with the Federal Government to seek guidance regarding a revised project delivery and the project’s timeline in order to meet funding deadlines.
Funding for the project has been provided through $9.5 million Federal funding and approximating $4 million from Section 94 developer contribution funds and $1.3 million in loans.