Manager of the Grafton Sports Centre, Sarah Baker, with the bunting 'protercting' the archery course.
Manager of the Grafton Sports Centre, Sarah Baker, with the bunting 'protercting' the archery course.

No response to sports centre fears

THE Grafton Sports Centre, through its newly appointed manager Sarah Baker, firstly asked Clarence Valley Council, then asked again, then emailed, begged and asked more strenuously for a 30-metre steel fence to be built inside the centre to protect spectators near the archery section.

Fears of archery spectators falling backwards down the grandstand or children running onto the course at the wrong time prompted the request at the council-owned facility.

Also, Sarah said, the ‘ugly’ orange bunting which allegedly protected the archery course was not at all professional and was inadequate.

The first request was made to a council representative in October last year and Sarah’s initial impression from this person was there was no budget for such a task.

As problems mounted from the lack of fencing, namely children partially destroying the archery targets, Sarah continued the campaign and just before Christmas was given the indication that ‘something’ would be done.

Sarah said she had had no response to her correspondence in 2010.

The tender for the facility is held by the Grafton Basketball Association, which splits any profit made from the centre with council.

Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said yesterday he had not heard of the situation at the centre and nor had council’s asset manager – the boss of the council representative mentioned earlier. This person was unable to be contacted late yesterday, so the exact progress of the centre’s fencing dilemma is hard to gauge. Watch this space.



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