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Have your say on new sports park

RESIDENTS of the Whitsundays will have two chances next week to discuss the proposal for a new sports park in the area.

Plans for the new sports park became a controversial issue after Council voted to enter negotiations with Havengrand to purchase 95 hectares of land at Mount Marlow.

After public opposition to the plan, Council voted in May for more community consultation.

Supporters of the current sports park voiced concerns about the future of that facility.

Council has engaged consultancy GHD to undertake the consultation.

This would start with two public meetings to be held next week.

The meetings are to gather community feedback to help plan for a multi-purpose sport and recreation facility to service the Whitsunday district.

In addition to the public meetings, groups can register with Council for one-on-one meetings with the consultants, according to Council chief executive John Finlay.

Any group wishing to register should call Tammy McDonald at the Council on 4945 0207, Mr Finlay said.

Once the meetings were over, the information would be collated, along with new demographics for the area, he said.

The last report on the region's demographics and its future needs for sport and recreation facilities was carried out in 2005.

Mr Finlay said that once GHD had collated the information and reported, Council would decide what to do in regard to the negotiations with Havengrand.

The results of the community feedback would be released to the public and it would then be up to the Council to decide how to move forward, he said.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Wednesday July 21 – Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Main Street, Proserpine – 7.30pm

Thursday, July 22 – Whitsunday PCYC – Shute Harbour Road, Jubilee Pocket – 7pm


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