What do think should be on the Sports Oval?

Gympie Regional Council would like your feedback on the draft Master Plan - the survey closes June 14

Gympie Regional Council would like your feedback on the draft Master Plan – the survey closes June 14

Michelle Gilmore

Would you like to see a half court for basketball back in Rainbow Beach? Or what about an off-leash dog area? Or how would the addition of a running track appeal to you?

Council has been visiting the school and children, talking to sporting groups and locals at the recent consultations held on site at the Sport Oval on Kurrawa Drive, Rainbow Beach.

It is an area used mainly for cricket games and training in season, a thoroughfare for families walking to school from Bombala and Tingira Crescents and has been the site of school athletics carnivals for decades – even helicopters land here.

Council officers were busy when I dropped by – explaining all of the plans. It is due to be implemented in stages. There is no funding as yet, however this Master Plan will assist in gaining grants for work to progress.

It is much, much more than a playground. The plan includes walking tracks into the surrounding bush, fencing, and even plans for a flexible open space community events area with a raised flat mound for an event stage.

One request from a Year 9 student was: a real size soccer goal with an 18-yard box and a fence behind it to stop any balls, and a 10 metre concrete wall just to kick the ball against. Please encourage your children to have their say, too.

Gympie Regional Council would like your feedback on the draft Master Plan. Go online to complete a short survey to share your views, it closes June 14. Visit: www.gympie.qld.gov.au/haveyourssay

For more information call the Community Partnerships Team on 1300 307 800 or email community@gympie.qld.gov.au


Suggested features for the Sports Oval Master Plan

Multipurpose sports posts
Informal 400m 6-lane running track
Natural surface (e.g. rammed earth) or deco walking trail
Low sporting field boundary fencing
Area dedicated to an 8-lane running track
Cricket nets/half court basketball dual purpose area
Terraced seating with grassed infill
Steps to oval
4x7m shelter with picnic tables and BBQ
Cricket sports ground shelter
Amenities block
Sports equipment storage shed
Bike racks
New concrete footpath
Angle car parking bays
Off-leash dog area
Natural play area
Fence alignment to dog off-leash area
Small playground shelter with drinking fountain
Structured playground area/toddler area
Community events area and raised mound/event stage