A story was published on page 3 of the NorthEastern Weekly Messenger on Wednesday 21 February 2018, and also on AdelaideNow, regarding the cost of The Lights Sports and Recreation Centre which we are currently building in Lightsview. This story was not clear in the way it reported the cost breakdown of the project, which has led to some confusion.
The total construction cost for this much needed facility in the eastern part of our city is $24.9 million. The land, valued at $4.7 million, was gifted to Council from the State Government at no cost, along with a further $4 million towards construction. Council will gain income for court hire, room hire and commercial facilities which will help to offset the operating costs. Our financial discipline over recent years means we can make this investment and sustainably manage the finances well into the future.
This centre is being built to address a recognised shortage of indoor facilities in the eastern part of our council area. When finished, the centre will have five international standard basketball courts we've designed to be used for as many indoor sports and community functions as possible.
Building a five court stadium means we’ll be in prime position to host elite level sporting competitions including basketball, netball, volleyball, and wheelchair sports, amongst others. We are working closely with clubs and other key stakeholders to ensure we maximise the use of this first-class facility.
Upstairs there will be a number of large, flexible community spaces which can be used for group activities, meetings and much more.