Lease helps Whitsunday sports park
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will sublet the Whitsunday Sports Park to Telstra after councillors agreed the move would provide financial assistance to the park.
Telstra plans to use a parcel of the land to establish a mobile phone base station shelter.
It is believed that the mobile phone carrier station will be built backing onto the mangrove reserve.
Under the agreement, Telstra will have unrestricted access to the premises 24 hours a day to undertake tests surveys, inspections, construction and installation.
The sports park, behind the Whitsunday PCYC at Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach, plays host to more than 1000 users and is run by volunteers.
In recent months the sports park has been in desperate need of funds to keep it going.
Mayor Mike Brunker said before amalgamation the previous council had left it to the next council to pick up the bills for the maintenance of the park.
He said this had to change and that council was looking at reducing the budget allocation for the facility.
Council was encouraging Whitsunday Sports Park to seek external funding by way of grants.
Cr Brunker said council would fund lighting and general infrastructure repairs.
“We voted for Telstra to sublease the grounds as it will give the sports park a cash flow.
“It will help the venue and funding of the maintenance of the field.”
Cr Brunker said no sporting activities or games would be affected by the lease.
According to the report discussed in council's meeting, council was trustee for the land, which was leased by council from September 1998 to August 2018.
The report stated that Telstra, through its agent Daly International, had previously discussed with council leasing of a small area of the reserve to establish a mobile phone base station shelter shed.
In 2008 council signed an acceptance of terms for a lease between Telstra and council, however, later Telstra shelved the project, only to recently identify a need for the facility.