Council testing new name for Byron sports complex

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

BYRON Shire Council are testing out a new name for the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex and want to know what the public think.

The name they're looking at to replace the current, rather long name, is the Cavanbah Sports Centre.

Mayor Simon Richardson said the new name was up for discussion and Council was keen to hear what people thought.

The word 'Cavanbah' is a Bundjalung word that means 'meeting place' and is what Arakwal calls Byron Bay.

Mayor Richardson said Arakwal has given their support for the usage of the name and would work with Council to develop an interpretative sign that would explain the meaning.

He said a competition held last year had various examples with the inclusion of Cavanbah, plus many that didn't.

"What we like about the name is its strong local Indigenous connection and how it captures the many reasons why people meet at the complex," Cr Richardson said.  

"For sport, work, activities, festivals and event, it's a place where people meet!

"A name is always a challenging project. What one person likes, another doesn't.  But so far, the feedback has been mostly positive."

If adopted, the next step would be new signage and branding for the complex.

"After considering a number of management models, Council decided last year to self-run the building. The usage of the complex has been steadily growing with most afterschool sessions now booked out," Cr Richardson said.

And it's also proving to be a popular place to hold a workshop or training.  With plenty of space and parking, the complex is an ideal place to host your next meeting.

Feedback on the proposed new name can be sent to Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 or email  

All feedback must be received by Wednesday April 15.


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