Have your say on draft plan to help accommodate noisy and difficult to locate sports

Dave Carkeek with Neil Low’s model Bristol F2B, which first flew in 1915 - the best British fighter to come out of World War One

Dave Carkeek with Neil Low’s model Bristol F2B, which first flew in 1915 – the best British fighter to come out of World War One

Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Gympie Councils have drafted a new plan to ensure the region’s difficult-to-locate sports are better catered for. The plan is now open for public comment.

The draft Regional Facilities Plan considers the needs of aviation sports, motorcycling sports, competitive powered water sports and sports shooting.

Gympie Regional Councillor Business Activities and Sport portfolio holder, Mal Gear, said Council wants to be supportive of sports diversity throughout the region.

“Recreational sports are beneficial to regional communities – they encourage community connectivity, friendships and fitness as well as visitation to the region.

“Council wants to ensure our area accommodates as many recreational sporting opportunities as possible – not just traditional ball sports” he said.

“It makes sense for us to work with our neighbouring councils to avoid infrastructure duplication and to make the most of what we’ve got to offer between the Sunshine Coast and Gympie areas.

“We’re really interested in hearing from those who organise and participate in these kinds of sports to hear which areas could work well”.

The draft plan has been prepared with input from community sporting clubs and State associations and includes various recommendations to help clubs in the four sports across the wider region grow, as well as set short, medium and long-term Council priorities.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • A regional facility to accommodate events at the Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club airfield.
  • Shared use of Cooloola cart track for junior motor cycle road racing.
  • Investigate the future designation of a site within an industrial area in the Gympie region for development of an indoor pistol range.
  • Development of a new shooting facility big enough to house all of the existing Gympie-based clubs.

Gympie residents can read and comment on the draft Regional Facilities Plan by visiting gympie.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay.

The closing date for submissions is 23 November, 2018.

Council looks forward to receiving feedback on the draft Regional Facilities Plan.