- Tuesday 15 December 2015
At last week’s Ordinary Meeting (December 10) Sunshine Coast Council confirmed its acceptance of Trusteeship of the Conondale Memorial Sports and Recreation Reserve located at 1156 Maleny-Kenilworth Road, Conondale.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said since the Conondale Memorial Sports and Recreation Reserve was gazetted in 1928 the local Conondale community have expressed a strong connection to the Reserve.
“On December 4, 2014 the Department of Natural Resources and Mines sent formal correspondence requesting council consider accepting trusteeship of the Reserve – this trusteeship had been previously held with a group of local Conondale residents,” Cr McKay said.
Cr McKay said council has undertaken significant community consultation since accepting trusteeship and throughout this process it has become clear there are many unresolved historical issues and concerns associated with the Reserve.
“I am pleased to announce council will undertake a master planning exercise which will include a comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement program, inclusive of all parties and individuals who have expressed an interest in future uses or management of the Reserve,” Cr McKay said.
“Throughout this planning council will acknowledge the value of the Reserve as a key facility for motocross, trail bike riding, trials and enduro disciplines as noted in previously endorsed Council planning documents including the Difficult to Locate Sports Study 2009-2028 and the Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Plan 2011-2026.
“It is also important to note, a Trustee lease remains registered on part of the land to the Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Club Incorporated until February 24, 2020 and council has a legal right to honour this lease and look forward to progressing this relationship with the Club. It is also important to recognise that council also reaffirmed its position that a key consideration in any master planning process will be the continued access to the reserve for the wider community.
“Until the master planning activity has been completed and presented to council for consideration, access to the Reserve will continue to be in accordance with council’s local laws and event permit system and we do encourage the people of Conondale and surrounds to utilise this wonderful community asset.”