New stadium roof to stop funds leaking

Shellharbour City Stadium user groups can expect a new roof by the end of September after Shellharbour councillors unanimously voted to push ahead with a $1.45 million roof over the stadium.

Problems with the stadium's leaky roof date back more than a decade and Shellharbour council has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars through lost revenue, temporary solutions and failed legal action against the architects and project managers who constructed the stadium.

Last year the council deferred a decision on a new roof after it was revealed the stadium could be demolished to make way for the Albion Park Rail bypass. This week councillors agreed that with the bypass potentially 10 years away, action was needed now.

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Cr Kellie Marsh said the roof issue had been "a disappointing saga" and asked what measures would be taken to ensure mistakes would not be repeated.

The council's corporate policy director Lee Furness said the appointed contractor would have to guarantee the water tightness of the roof.

Meantime Roads and Maritime Services is establishing the Croom Regional Sporting Complex Stakeholder Group to ensure the planning process for the bypass is as transparent as possible for sporting clubs using the complex.

The reserved bypass corridor hooks around the complex, however the RMS is now looking at options to have the bypass cut through the complex to improve the standard of the road.

An RMS spokeswoman said the stakeholder group would not be a formal decision-making body but would provide feedback to RMS about the needs of each sporting group.

"It will also look at design refinements and how the route might be shortened to reduce travel time and encourage more traffic to use it," the spokeswoman said.

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