April 30, 2018
The South Burnett Regional Council is seeking public feedback on a 10-year Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan that will define the future of parks in Kingaroy, Nanango, Wondai and many smaller towns in the region.
The draft plan also makes recommendations for “rationalising” sport and recreation facilities, ie. selling or downgrading, due to the region’s limited population growth and Council’s financial constraints.
Parks and recreational facilities that have been earmarked for “rationalising” include:
Tingoora’s cricket oval may also face the axe, depending on the outcome of a Master Plan, to be developed in conjunction with Gympie Regional Council, for the “Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail”.
Other recommendations include:
“Priority” actions include:
“Where parks are undeveloped, are poorly located, are attracting regular anti-social behaviour and/or are not providing recreation opportunities desired by the nearby catchment, opportunities may exist to rationalise the land,” the report says.
“Depending on the land tenure, this may include re-purposing as an alternate use, ‘planting out’ with trees to reduce maintenance, sale of land or returning the land to the State.”
Mayor Keith Campbell said the goal of the draft plan was to create a strategic network of sport and recreation parks across the South Burnett to meet the needs of the community as it developed and changed over the next 10 years.
“We want a network that can be sustainably managed to a standard encouraging active use by residents and visitors,” the Mayor said.
The Draft Sport and Recreation Infrastructure and Strategic Plan is available for community feedback from April 30 until May 25 (see below).
One-on-one consultations – not public meetings – to discuss the draft plan will be held between May 20-22 in Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon, Wondai, Blackbutt and Proston.
Meeting times and venues will be advised by Council closer to the dates.