Sports park consultation starts

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has started community consultation about a proposed new multi-purpose sports park.

There is a community survey on Council's website. Two community meetings will also be held in July.

Council was investigating the purchase of a 95 hectare site known as Havengrand at Mount Marlow for sport and recreation use.

But this decision became controversial as some Whitsunday residents questioned the purchase and others claimed the land was unsuitable and too expensive.

The land acquisition has now been put on hold until the community has had further opportunity for input.

Council CEO John Finlay said all interested residents, sports clubs and community groups are encouraged to have their say during the consultation process.

“Now is the time for the community to let us know what they want for the future of sport and recreation in this district,” Mr Finlay said.

“Your feedback will help guide Council's decision making on site location, land area requirements and potential activities and facilities.”

The first stage of the consultation is a community survey.

This is available now on Council's website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au (on the homepage under heading ‘Community Consultation').

Hard copies are available from Council's Customer Service Centre in Proserpine or at the Beach Library in Cannonvale.

The closing date for surveys is Friday, July 2.

The consultants, GHD, will consult with local sporting clubs.

This will involve a sports club survey this month and follow-up meetings with individual clubs that would like to discuss their needs and the future sports park in greater detail.

This approach aims to identify general sports participation trends and facility needs, potential user groups of the future sports park, specific land and facility requirements and options for facility sharing by different user groups.

To request an individual meeting, clubs can contact Council's communications officer Lisa Reynolds via email at lisa.reynolds@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au or by phoning 4945 0204.


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