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SPORTS PARK TO GO AHEAD - Whitsunday Times front page on March 11 this year.
Council votes for more consultation - Whitsunday Times front page on May 13.
SPORTS PARK TO GO AHEAD - Whitsunday Times front page on March 11 this year. Council votes for more consultation - Whitsunday Times front page on May 13.

ABOUT 180 people have responded to the Whitsunday Regional Council's survey regarding a new sports park.

The survey is part of community consultation on a future multi-purpose sports and recreation facility.

More than 60 people also attended the public meetings about the proposed facility in the past week.

The closing date for the community survey has been extended until tomorrow, Friday July 30.

Earlier this year, Council voted to enter negotiations to buy a 95 hectare site known as “Havengrand” at Mount Marlow for future sport and recreation use.

This issue became very controversial when some sporting clubs and members of the community questioned the location and size of this land and the council process.

In May, Council voted to put these plans on hold until the community had opportunity for input via a formal consultation program.

Consultancy, GHD, was engaged to independently facilitate a range of activities throughout June and July to gather community feedback.

Council confirmed this week that about 180 community surveys had been completed so far.

Feedback from sports clubs, schools, community organisations and other interest groups had also been gathered.

Acting Mayor Rogin Taylor said the next step was the preparation of the Consultation Report by GHD to document results of the community consultation process.

“Council will review the public's feedback to help inform its decision-making on the purchase of the Havengrand site,” he said.

“Through the consultation process, Council will also have a better understanding of broader sport and recreation needs, trends and opportunities in the Proserpine/Whitsunday district, coinciding with population growth and change."

It is expected that the report will be presented to Council next month and residents will be able to view the report at that time.

Meanwhile, a petition against the purchase of the Havengrand site now has more than 700 signatures.

It is expected to be presented to Council and State and Federal politicians as well as Government Departments within the next week.

But Cr Taylor maintained that the Havengrand proposal would benefit most residents.

Cr Taylor also said this week that it was a such a shame that some people were blinded by their own personal wants that they disregarded the needs of the broader community and couldn't see what was actually proposed that would benefit the majority of residents.


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