Netball court in Lennox Head community centre.
Netball court in Lennox Head community centre. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Ballina council in legal stoush over Lennox community centre

BALLINA Shire Council is currently in a legal battle with the architectural firm behind the Lennox Head Community Centre over what it claims to be a "defective design" and breaches of the Consultancy Agreement for the project.

The council's claim is currently in arbitration, an alternative form of dispute resolution, with Melbourne-based architectural firm Greenway Hurst Page.

The claim is made up of a raft of different complaints, one being that the dimension of the Community Centre hall has not been built to competitive sporting standards.

Ballina Council's strategic manager Steve Barnier said the council had expected the community centre hall to be built in compliance with sporting standards.

"The documentation provided by the architect, Greenway Hurst Page, at the time indicated that the community and sports hall would be a designated area for competitive-level basketball and netball," he said. "Regrettably that hasn't been delivered."

A plan of the proposed court layouts, provided by Greenway Hurst Page, shows only 1.375m between the netball end line and the inside wall, whereas 3.05m is the Netball Australia standard.

Greenway Hurst Page director Neville Page said this plan was provided to council and approved.

"We did a drawing coloured up with the various-sized courts, how it would fit, and what the clearances were to the wall, and the council signed off on that," he said.

"They were clear on what it was, they were clear on what the clearances were and they signed off."

Despite this, Mr Page said under the budgetary circumstances he considered what the council had agreed to, to be "perfectly reasonable".

"The facility they have delivered to the community is excellent value for money and (I) see no reason why after all this time it is not still suitable for the purpose it was designed," he said.


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