- Thursday 26 March 2015
Developing additional AFL and rugby league fields, constructing more outdoor netball courts and improving on-site parking are just some of the recommendations outlined in Council’s draft master plan for the Reserve 1000 Sports Complex.
Now it’s time for residents and the sport and recreation community to have their say on the long-term plan for the complex located on the corner of Caloundra Rd and Pelican Waters Blvd.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the draft master plan outlined the future direction, priorities and plans for the 32ha sport and recreation zoned site.
“Once finalised, the master plan will provide direction for the long-term use of Reserve 1000, including land and facilities used by the Caloundra City Soccer Club, Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Caloundra Panthers AFL Club, Caloundra Little Athletics, Caloundra District Indoor Bowls Association and the Caloundra and District Rugby League Club,” Cr Dwyer said.
“It will also analyse previous planning and explore current and future needs of user groups and the community to identify future development priorities.
“The site also has some unique environmental qualities and provides an important habitat for a number of significant and protected flora and fauna species.
“Under the draft plan, more than 40% of the site will be retained for this purpose.
“It will be critical for the master plan to address community need where it’s already recognised that we are short on sport and recreation space.
“By keeping pace with growth and the identified community need, we in turn encourage an active, engaged and healthy community.
“Whilst we seek to meet community demand, we must acknowledge the environmental values and ensure the final master plan retains the vegetation elements that will enhance the long-term amenity of this sport reserve.”
Cr Dwyer said the upgrades and improvements recommended in the master plan would require external funding to become reality.
“The master plan provides a strategic direction to implement improvements and plan facilities in a focused way and will provide a foundation necessary for Council, user groups and stakeholders to lobby for funding,” he said.
“Sport and recreation is very important to the Sunshine Coast community and I encourage residents to get involved and have their say on this master plan.”
Extensive consultation occurred with user groups, including schools, in 2014 and the feedback has been used in the preparation of the draft master plan.
Residents can discuss the project with Council representatives and recreation planning consultants Strategic Leisure Group on Saturday, March 28, from 9am to noon outside the Westpac Bank on Bulcock St.
Visit Council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more information and to have your say before April 27 about the future direction for the reserve.