Master Plan adopted for Caloundra sports complex
  • Friday 21 August 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 Master Plan today adopted for Caloundra’s Reserve 1000 Sports Complex.

The Master Plan provides a long-term vision for the 32ha sport and recreation zoned site located on the corner of Caloundra Road and Pelican Waters Boulevard, Golden Beach identifying what it will look like and how it will function for the next 15 years.

The development of the Master Plan is a recommendation from Council’s Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Plan 2011 – 2026 and acknowledges population growth in the area and the increasing demands for quality sport and recreation facilities.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Ray Turner said the Reserve 1000 site was an integral sport, recreation and community facility servicing the Sunshine Coast community.

“The Master Plan provides guidance for the long-term use and development of Reserve 1000, including land and facilities used by the Caloundra City Soccer Club, Caloundra Panthers AFC, Caloundra Little Athletics, Caloundra District Indoor Bowls Association, the Caloundra and District Rugby League Club and user groups of the Caloundra Indoor Stadium,” Mr Turner said.

“The Master Plan works with existing site attributes to ensure new features complement and enhance community use.

“Environmental considerations, accessibility and connectivity to sites, residential development in close proximity and how the site relates to the regional sporting network were considered in the development of the Master Plan.

“Throughout the development of the Reserve 1000 Master Plan, sporting trends, population projections and usage patterns were analysed. Extensive community consultation occurred including individual meetings, workshops, static displays and surveys.

“The upgrades and improvements recommended in the Master Plan will 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.”

The final version of the Master Plan recommends:

• Development of an additional AFL field and rugby league field to accommodate growth in these sports;
• Construction of three additional outdoor netball courts adjacent to the Caloundra Indoor Stadium to accommodate growth in netball;
• Removal of approximately five hectares of vegetation within the central part of the reserve to accommodate up to 3½ rectangular sporting fields, clubhouse and parking for soccer;
• Maintaining significant population of Acacia Attenuata and where appropriate, replantingvegetation around Acacia Attenuata community and along existing and proposed drainage corridors;
• Improving parking across the reserve to mitigate the intensive use of informal road side parking adjacent to existing sports fields and on surrounding major roads; and
• Extending walk and cycle pathways to connect southern and central zones to improve pedestrian connectivity within the site.

Mr Turner said the site also contained some unique environmental qualities and provides an important habitat for a number of significant and protected flora and fauna species.

“With this in mind, there will be further environmental and habitat surveying conducted this summer,” Mr Turner said.

“I am pleased to announce more than 55% of the site will be retained for this purpose.

“It will be critical for the Master Plan to ensure the long-term needs of the sport and recreation community are adequately addressed as Council considers the environmental values in an area that has been designated for sporting activities for many years.”