Bolton pushes innovative use of community sporting facilities

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Noosa's independent MP Sandy Bolton is set to help transform our sport and recreation facilities into integrated health and well-being hubs.

Community spaces will be transformed and better utilised by co-existing with our community and sporting clubs, to bring more services and benefits to our people.

One of the initial focus areas will be the Noosa District Sports Complex at Tewantin, in a collaborative partnership designed to bring all three levels of government together and deliver great outcomes.

"This precinct will become much more than just a sporting facility," Ms Bolton said.

"It will be an active health hub and community lifestyle recreation precinct that is more inclusive and accessible to people, with a clear focus on health and well-being, not just sports.

"Noosa Council has been a great driver of the project in its initial stages and now I am on board and determined to take it to the next level."

As a State Development, Tourism, Innovation and Manufacturing Committee, Ms Bolton said  innovation was just as much about how we think and approach a challenge, "not just solely developing or relying on an app, widget and applying some technology".

And that's why the Noosa MP will be supporting the Noosa District Rugby League Football Club's redevelopment project on their site for the Tewantin Precinct.

The Pirates have been working on the project with Key stakeholders for more than 12 months and recently presented its new plans, business model and strategy into a thriving hub for the entire Noosa community to enjoy.

"Noosa is famous for being bold, innovative and creative," Ms Bolton said.

"This is a transformative and ambitious plan from the Pirates that I will be ensuring that State Government gets on board and works closely with us to deliver.

It certainly aligns with State Government strategies that have been aspired to for many years so I am absolutely determined to see this become a reality for our community in the very near future."

Noosa Council is already moving by investing in the detailed design of the approved masterplan which includes the major upgrading of roads, parking, lighting and drainage that will further enhance the functionality and access.

It will see the current Pirates clubhouse transition into a health hub, initially with up to five qualified health professionals housed and operating on a permanent basis.

While a new hub building will retain the current nine community user group clubs, it will also provide access to other organisations including government supported health programs.

As part of a revitalised precinct there will be much-needed and improved facilities that offer greater inclusion for the community.

The hub facility will feature several community spaces and new changerooms to better accommodate female sporting groups, along with the capability to service people with disabilities.

The active health and recreation precinct will not just be about sports, it will be about a more holistic approach to a communities' health, well-being, recreation and lifestyle needs.

"With the need to also strengthen and diversify our economy post-Covid, this project will put many people in work during construction as well as post-construction," Ms Bolton said.

"Health and well-being is an important growth sector for employment in this region as Noosa is a perfect place for rehabilitation and better lifestyle choices.

"This club and its people have invested a lot into our community for over 45 years, so I will be working with them and all levels of government to make this wonderful project a reality.

It offers an outstanding blueprint of how we can better utilise and maximise our facilities for the greater good and just like the Pirates, I will always continue to back and work alongside any of our great community groups and their endeavours that help to make our wonderful place better and stronger."

 
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