Hansen continues fight against sport precinct

REFUSING to accept his colleagues' decision on the Fraser Coast sports precinct, rural councillor James Hansen has pledged to continue to fight.

In the ninth and latest vote on the future of the Nikenbah project, councillors voted 6-5 to keep money allocated in the hope of securing federal funding.

The latest vote ends the uncertainty in the sports precinct debate, with the new council formally endorsing the project after the elections.

But Cr Hansen says he will not stop the fight against the project, which he claims is not the best interests of the entire community.

"I still believe it's the wrong time to do it," he said.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has lodged a funding application with the Federal Government National Stronger Regions Fund.

More than $8 million has been requested, which will be matched with a $10 million contribution by the council.

Successful applicants through the program are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

Even if the council secures funding, Cr Hansen will not stop lobbying against the proposal.

"I'd also encourage people to write to their divisional councillors and express your views," he said.

"You fight until you win or you have no chance of winning."

Cr Hansen said he would consider moving another motion to stop the sports precinct at a council meeting in the next few months.

Sport Plus committee chairman Shaun Rudd has been charged with developing the project with sporting clubs.

While happy the councillors would continue the project, he was disappointed to hear Cr Hansen's continued objections.

"Unfortunately when council makes a decision we'd like to think the councillors get behind it - especially when that decision has been made several times," he said.

Dr Rudd slammed claims the committee had alienated councillors from meetings.

"The mayor and the councillors are more than welcome to attend any of our meetings," he said.

"We've always said they can come - unfortunately the main protagonists don't want to come along."



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