Sports clubs say they’ve had little input into grand plan
THE majority of sporting groups have condemned the council's consultation process as it pushes ahead with its plan for a $54 million sports precinct.
The Chronicle contacted 14 sporting groups listed in the draft master plan on Tuesday to find out whether they thought a shift to the precinct was the right move for their club.
Most claimed they were offered just two chances to provide input - a group meeting in October, attended by 22 people, and a council-issued survey, sent to 24 clubs.
A select few said they had a one-on-one consultation.
Hervey Bay Netball president Linda Pearce said sporting groups were told at the October meeting they would be consulted again before the draft master plan's release.
"The last information we got was from the council in the meeting last year and the precinct was basically not even in a planning stage then, it was just to toss ideas around," she said.
"They indicated to us then that the consultants would look at it for three months and then they would get back to us with what the options were.
"But we have been provided with no information in relation to costs, facilities, anything - there's been absolutely nothing since."
Maryborough BMX president Jason Rufus, whose club is expected to shift to the proposed sports precinct, said he had not been consulted about the move at all.
He told the Chronicle on Tuesday he was unaware Maryborough BMX was to be shifted, despite the draft master plan indicating the club thought the precinct was the best option for its future.
Hervey Bay Hockey Association secretary Cathy Milijasevic said the lack of consultation meant the clubs had little or no idea how they could be affected.
She said many of the clubs had leases in place and had no idea how the precinct might affect those.
Fraser Coast Rugby - who will not be moving to the precinct - were happy with the level of consultation. So too the Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group and Hervey Bay Oztag.
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