The Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex
Client: Byron Shire Council
GeoLINK’s initial involvement with this project commenced when approached by a group of community-minded citizens interested in developing a sporting complex for the Byron Bay region. Byron Shire Council then took over the project to refine and develop the concept further. GeoLINK undertook the concept and design development of a new sporting complex located west of the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. Due to federal funding becoming available, the project was transferred to the Department of Services, Technology and Administration (formerly the Department of Commerce). GeoLINK has provided planning advice, including preparation of a review of environmental factors, and civil engineering design of the infrastructure including, site setout, earthworks, stormwater drainage, erosion and sediment control management, water and sewerage reticulation, services and landscaping.
The Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex site is basically a flat site located within the Belongil Creek flood plane. Filling of the site was necessary to provide sufficient playing fields and site facilities which were available for use the majority of the time. Portions of the site were underlaid by peat which could not be removed by excavation, but required means to ensure that the playing fields were adequately drained. Site levels were developed to ensure adequate drainage of the site without impacting on the flood criteria for the area. GeoLINK’s approach to the project was based on clearly understanding the opportunities and constraints of the area and closely consulting with Council, to determine the best outcomes.
The finished project will deliver to the Byron Bay area a substantial sporting complex of exceptional standard. The complex will contain a hockey field, athletics track and field, rugby field, three football (soccer) fields, two cricket ovals, netball, basketball and cycling facilities together with two multi-use sports fields, car and bus parking, amenities blocks, maintenance and storage areas. The fields will be irrigated using treated effluent sourced from the adjacent Byron Bay Sewerage treatment plant.