bbfc masterplan submission
The General Manager,
Mayor Simon Richardson
and esteemed Councillors
Byron Shire Council
PO Box 219 Mullumbimby 2482
The Byron Bay Masterplan contains the following recommendations:
“Recreation Ground to focus on local sporting activities, particularly flexible,
informal recreation opportunities.”
“The Recreation Ground should transition to a secondary sporting facility,
which is used for a range of compatible activities for all ages, but with a focus
on children and youth.”
As a major stakeholder in the Recreation Grounds, Byron Bay FC opposes these
recommendations in the strongest possible terms and would like to present the following
arguments in support of the Club’s position.
The Cavanbah Centre
Thanks to design and construction errors and consequent budget shortfalls, the
Cavanbah Centre is seriously flawed as a football venue and an unsuitable ‘home’ ground
for Byron Bay FC.
• After major remediation and drainage works, the playing surfaces are vastly improved,
but drainage is still inadequate (particularly on the two southern fields) and the grounds
quickly become unplayable and dangerous in wet weather.
• There is no seating, shade or weather protection for players or spectators
• The salubrious facilities of the Cavanbah Centre are often inaccessible to players as most
senior/premier division matches are begin at 3pm or later and the Cavanbah Centre
closes its doors before full time.
• The much cruder, raw concrete, change rooms and the small, shared canteen are 80 to
140 metres from the football fields.
• A significant portion of Byron Bay FC’s funding is derived from the Recreation Ground
canteen. At the Cavanbah Centre, the small, shared and ill-equipped canteen is 80 to
100 metres from spectator areas and there is another shop much closer in the main