Ballina Council considers sports centre

BASKETBALL coach Eva Ramsey says the Ballina sporting community is being held back because of a lack of facilities.

Ms Ramsey, one of a number of people attended a workshop yesterday to discuss plans for a multipurpose indoor sports, recreation and events centre in the town, said the facility was needed urgently.

“Sport can't grow if we don't have a good facility,” said Ms Ramsey, of the Ballina Basketball Association's northern junior league.

“The lack of training venues really limits the ability for sport to grow in the area, and has meant we have had to knock back people from joining up because we just don't have the space to accommodate them.”

Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said the council was under-taking a feasibility study into the scope and facility needs associated with the development of a multipurpose indoor sport, recreation and event centre.

“Ballina is a central hub for the Shire and already delivers a wide range of sporting and recreational activities for our community,” Mr Hickey said.

“Population growth and tourism has brought with it a demand for a wider range of sport and event opportunities.

“This feasibility study will help the council plan for indoor sporting facilities, aquatics and other recreation facilities and services over the next decade or two.”

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