Federal funding in doubt

FEDERAL member for Dawson George Christensen has said Whitsunday Regional Council runs the risk of not gaining any Federal funding for the sports park facility at Mount Marlow because it has gone against the wishes of the community.

He made the comment on Tuesday afternoon when Council was due to discuss the issue again at the Council meeting the following day.

“The local community doesn't want the new sporting facility if it is going to be based in the Mt Marlow area which is 15-20 kms from Cannonvale and Airlie Beach,” he said.

“The local community and indeed some of the Whitsunday Regional Councillors would rather see the upgrading of the current sporting facilities.

“I will actively lobby against any Federal funding for this proposed sporting project because it quite clearly doesn't have community support.”

During public question time at yesterday's Council meeting, Havengrand shareholder Tony Price said Mr Christensen's comment on the location of the land was incorrect.

“We can only hope that any future comment he makes in his political life reflects better judgment than his idea of distance,” he said.

“The land is 9 kms from Proserpine, 3.8 kms from Whitsunday Acres Residential, 5.5 kms from the Christian School and Centro, 6.2 kms from McArthur Drive and 7 kms from Whitsunday Shopping Centre.”

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