An artist's image of the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct draft master plan.
An artist's image of the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct draft master plan. contributed

Opportunities boss weighs into Bay sports precinct debate

THE new head of Fraser Coast Opportunities says there's more to the proposed sports precinct than simply sports.

The Fraser Coast Sport and Recreation Precinct Draft Master Plan was released for public consultation last week.

It has attracted criticism from the officials of some of the clubs and organisations who are trying to work out how it will affect them.

Now, Fraser Coast Opportunities general manager David Spear has weighed into the debate to highlight the economic importance of the precinct.

"It's forecast to create at least 38 jobs ongoing for the construction period, adding $11.5m in economic activity each year over that time frame," Mr Spear said.

"It's also projected to create more than 130 new ongoing jobs in tourism, accommodation, food services and retail, and an increase in annual economic activity of about $17.3 million when the first stage is competed.

"It will deliver a sports and recreation events precinct attracting state and national championship-standard events - substantially boosting direct and repeat visitor numbers to the Fraser Coast region, increasing economic activity in the tourism, accommodation and hospitality sectors."

Tourism Fraser Coast chairman and Fraser Coast Opportunities board member David Hay said the region had recently seen the benefits of big sports carnivals.

"Over 4000 people attended the recent Queensland Junior Touch Football Cup, with an economic impact of 21 jobs and an additional $2.7m in annual economic output, based on an average spend per head of $400 over four days," Mr Hay said.

Glen Winney, also a director of Fraser Coast Opportunities, said it was important to recognise the precinct was about the future and creating infrastructure for the longer term that could support the people living in the region.



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