No firm plans yet for sport centre at Eidsvold
RESIDENTS looking to turn the old Eidsvold SES shed into a sport and rec centre have expressed concerns about the council’s oversight of the project.
The Eidsvold Boxing Club has led the charge to get it going, but hasn’t had much success.
Boxing club president Ian Tye said he had heard conflicting stories over the past four years.
“We’ve still got no letter, no resolution from the council,” Mr Tye said.
Eidsvold resident Andrew Roth has hoped to start up a gym in the shed.
“We wrote letters and talked to the mayor at the time and the councillors and they said ‘oh it sounds like a great idea’,” Mr Roth said.
“It wasn’t about making a profit for us but we had all this gym equipment and wanted to use it.”
Mr Roth said he was afraid if something wasn’t confirmed soon, the ship would sail.
“We’ve had a conference with Nigel Scullion, the indigenous affairs minister, he said it was a great idea.
“But it keeps going around in circles and we can’t keep waiting for it.”
Councillor PeterWebster said the building still had to be assessed for works, but he was open to the idea of using it as a recreation shed.
“It’s early days yet, there’s a few steps to happen but then we’ll be consulting with all the interested people,” Cr Webster said.
“I’ve got meetings this week with some of the council people to look at the building.”
As an alternative to the SES shed, Mr Tye and the other stakeholders had proposed using the shed at the Eidsvold Showgrounds, which was built as a gym, but doesn’t get used except as an occasional function centre. CrWebster said that was out of the question, as it wasn’t designed to be used as a permanent gym.
It’s early days yet, there’s a few steps to happen but then we’ll be consulting with all the interested people. — Cr Peter Webster
WAITING PAINS: The old Eidsvold SES shed could soon be made into a sport and rec centre, but stakeholders are concerned over delays to the project.