SPORTS PRECINCT: Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell, AFL Queensand Chief Executive Dean Warren and AFL State and Planning Manager Jacob Anson look over plans.
SPORTS PRECINCT: Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell, AFL Queensand Chief Executive Dean Warren and AFL State and Planning Manager Jacob Anson look over plans. Carlie Walker

AFL Queensland visit to view proposed sport precinct plan

THE chief executive of AFL Queensland has thrown his support behind the Fraser Coast council's controversial proposed sports precinct, signalling the possibility the project might be met with financial support from the sporting body.

Dean Warren met with Mayor Gerard O'Connell at the Brolga Theatre yesterday to discuss the council's vision for the $54 million sports precinct, which will be rebranded Sports Plus.

Mr Warren said when the sport precinct was built it would have two premier AFL fields.

"It will cater for future growth," he said.

Mr Warren said that he hoped the proposed sport precinct would lead to a growth in the number of local clubs, as well as attracting pre-season matches and training for prominent state and national teams.

He said the region had a lot going for it and would be perfect for "sport tourism" with players able to train, play a pre-season match while also seeing the area and potentially visiting Fraser Island.

Cr O'Connell said the project was aimed at current and future Fraser Coast athletes.

He said in addition to AFL Queensland, other state sport bodies had also been contacted, with the council not just looking to the State and Federal governments for funding, but to other potential partners.

"We've got a responsibility to look to the future, it's our responsibility to do that," O'Connell said.



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