Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie councils have combined to produce the Draft Regional Facilities Plan for Difficult to Locate Sports to guide the need and location of regional facilities for four sports.
The draft Regional Facilities Plan for Difficult to Locate Sports considers the needs of aviation (ultra-lights, model aeroplanes, para-gliding and hang-gliding), motorcycling, shooting and competitive powered water sports.
Sunshine Coast Council endorsed the draft plan today (October 12) and it will also go to Noosa and Gympie councils to consider later this month.
If approved by all councils, it will be available for the community to provide feedback from late October.
Tourism, Events and Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said there were some sports which can be harder to accommodate than other sports for a range of reasons.
“These sports generally require access to large sites where they can undertake their activities without adversely impacting on residents,” Cr O’Pray said.
“There are challenges involved in locating, developing and managing facilities for difficult to locate sports and the three councils have agreed on a collaborative approach.
“The aim is to share the overall planning and investment priorities for the four specific sports.
“The draft plan has been prepared with input from sporting organisations and includes recommendations to guide the planning and development of the four difficult to locate sports and will assist in identifying short, medium and long term priorities.”
External consultation occurred as part of the development of the draft plan, including reference groups and targeted consultation with relevant peak bodies, local organisations and clubs.
Key themes that emerged from that phase included participation rates being either static or increasing across the four sports, the local clubs are predominantly satisfied with the standard, provision and location of their current facilities and there are some local facilities which have the ability to expand to a regional level.
“It is important to note the draft plan focuses on public land and community-based clubs and sports and does not include private facilities,” Cr O’Pray said.
If the draft plan is approved by Noosa and Gympie councils, Sunshine Coast Council residents will be able to view it on council’s website and have the opportunity to provide feedback before November 23.
Written submissions will be able to be sent to the Otium Planning Group - email DTL@otiumplanning.com.au or mailed to:
Regional Facilities Plan for Difficult to Locate Sports
Otium Planning Group Pty Ltd
PO Box 1358
Capalaba QLD 4157