Space for sport in the hinterland
  • Thursday 03 April 2014
Sports field

Sunshine Coast Council has acquired over 100ha in two parcels of land to meet the sporting and recreational needs of the growing population in the Nambour, Woombye, and Palmwoods area.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the property acquisition for both properties is a $2.2 million investment in the future health and wellbeing of locals in Division 5 and Division 10.

“These strategic land purchases are located approximately 1km east of the Nambour Connection Rd at Woombye,” Cr McKay said. “The total area is 107 hectares of gently undulating land with some areas of significant vegetation that will be protected.

“The properties share a common frontage along Diddillibah Rd on the southern boundary and share a common boundary with Paynters Creek to the north and west boundaries.

“The Sunshine Coast Open Space Strategy 2011 predicted a shortfall for district sports grounds to service Nambour, Woombye and Palmwoods in the future and seeks to establish larger centrally located multi use facilities and that has provided the strategic impetus for the land purchase.”

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said existing sports grounds in the area are limited by size and physical constraints and have a limited capacity to expand due to restrictions associated with flood events, encroachment by urban uses and the impact of rail widening.

“Council plans to meet future needs as population growth forecasts anticipate an increase in the population of approximately 23,300 by 2031 which will make a combined total of 85,000 in the Nambour, Woombye and Palmwoods area,” Cr Rogerson said.

“We’ve taken into account topography, urban form, flooding characteristics and access to utilities and we’ve found a well located site that has the potential to be developed as sports grounds.

“Eventually approximately 40 hectares will be developed for formal sports grounds, while the remaining land will provide opportunities for informal sports and active recreation and conservation areas.”

Sunshine Coast Council is striving to make the region the most sustainable place in Australia – a sustainable economy, environment and community.