No firm plans yet for sport cen­tre at Eidsvold

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

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.

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