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

Little enthusiasm for council's planned sports precinct

JUST one of 14 Fraser Coast sporting groups the Chronicle contacted on Tuesday is in favour of moving to the proposed sports precinct.

Following the release of the draft master plan, our journalists tried to contact 17 local sporting groups listed within it to find out if they wanted to shift.

Three were unable to be reached but the rest revealed there was far from overwhelming support for the complex.

In total, nine issued a flat refusal, while four said they would consider it dependent on conditions and facilities - they were not informed enough to make a decision yet.

The Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group was in favour of the proposal.

In contrast to the response the Chronicle received, the master plan listed four as being in favour of a shift, seven as maybes and six refusals.

Hervey Bay Touch Association administrator Lesleigh Schiffke said her organisation might be willing to support a shift.

"We hold the junior state touch carnival each year and are booked to host it for the next four years," Ms Schiffke said.

"A facility like that would be great for us because for the carnival we have 180 teams and 21 fields going."

Hervey Bay Oztag was another maybe; its co-ordinator Glenn Hanson said it would like to have a permanent base but would need an indication of the costs associated with setting up and maintaining a new home.

Not all of those asked would need to leave their current fields if the plan goes ahead.

Are you in favour of the new sports precinct in Urangan?

This poll ended on 26 July 2013.

Current Results

Yes

24%

No

75%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Who wants to move?

  • Fraser Coast Cycling - Maybe
  • Hervey Bay Tennis - No
  • Hervey Bay Cricket Association - No
  • Hervey Bay Hockey Association - No
  • Hervey Bay Junior Rugby League - No
  • Hervey Bay Netball - No
  • Hervey Bay Rugby League - No
  • Hervey Bay Triathlon Club - Maybe
  • Maryborough BMX - No
  • Football Hervey Bay - Maybe
  • Hervey Bay Athletics - No answer
  • FC Rugby Union - No 
  • Hervey Bay Basketball - No answer
  • Hervey Bay Australian Football - No
  • Hervey Bay Touch - Maybe
  • Hervey Bay Oztag - Maybe
  • Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group - Yes

Planned timeline

Stage 1 - Years 1-4

  • Soccer relocated from Hervey Bay Sport and Leisure Park. Six fields with lights shared with Oztag-touch or other field sports for events or school sport
  • Netball relocated from PCYC 12 hard courts with lights and four grass courts in staged development.
  • Part of the 477 available parking bays
  • BMX track with lights to be relocated from Maryborough
  • Treatment ponds - potential access for irrigation and non-potable use

Stage 2 - Years 4-8

  • Premier playing field - full-size field with lights capable of staging AFL or rectangular field sports. 1000-seat grandstand on west of indoor facility building, with grassed spectator mounding surrounding the field
  • Part of the 477 available parking bays

Stage 3 - Years 8-12

  • Hockey - relocated from Hervey Bay Sport and Leisure Park three full-size grass fields with lights plus one full size synthetic surface
  • The remaining two football fields
  • Criterium track - Potential to use central road loop as criterium circuit subject to acceptable traffic management plan

Stage 4 - Years 12-16

  • Tennis - 12 courts relocated from Hervey Bay Sports and Leisure Park. Four courts to be added in subsequent stage
  • Western access road via Gilston Rd/Shore Rd west

Stage 5 - Years 16-20

  • Indoor facility extension - potential for three indoor court extensions to indoor facility if demand warrants Subject to feasibility study. Potential also exists to expand PCYC facility to create six-court indoor complex after outdoor netball courts are vacated
  • Rugby league - relocated from Hervey Bay Sport and Leisure Park. Two full-size fields with lights. Two junior fields with lights
  • Hockey - the lone remaining field

Future

  • Southern precinct set aside for expansion


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