New home next to Murray complex to cater for expansion of TDRU
Rugby outgrows Hugh St
T O W N S V I L L E D i s t r i c t Rugby Union’s home ground at Hugh St is operating over capacity and the league must move to the Murray Sporting Complex to cater for future growth, a report has found.
The report, by Empower Economics, shows the number of junior and senior rugby teams within the Townsville district has increased by 33 per THE mother of a boy, 2, killed after being hit by a maxi taxi outside his Cairns home yesterday, screamed for help as she held her dying child.
Residents of the Cairns Villa and Leisure Park in Manoora said the woman had returned home in the taxi with groceries before the boy was hit around 1.30pm.
He died at the scene 45 minutes later from extensive head, chest and leg injuries.
“She had the boy in her arms and she was yelling out cent over the past six years, with growth likely to continue.
It comes with the TDRU reaching a memorandum of understanding with Parkside Development for a land swap deal for a 13.5ha site at Murray.
Parkside want to develop the site at Hugh St, Currajong into a shopping centre.
TDRU president Lachlan Bell said the organisation could not afford to stay at its current location with the site already operating at 10 per cent above capacity.
“We’re landlocked and we’ve got a serious issue with traffic ‘ help me, help me’,” a neighbour said. “There was blood pouring out of his mouth.”
A yellow dot on the road marked the spot where the toddler was hit just metres from his front door.
Residents gathered as paramedics battled to save the boy.
Blood left on the street was hosed off by police afterwards.
“When I saw him there was blood everywhere,” a female resident said.
“The ambulance people spent a long time on him. congestion and parking. We’re at a point where we can’t accommodate any more growth, and we need to start planning for the future,” he said.
Mr Bell said the TDRU had engaged architectural firm Conrad Gargett to plan a new site at Murray that would meet the needs of TDRU for the next 50 years.
The site, on the corner of University Drive and Stuart Drive adjoining the Murray Sports Complex would include at least five fields, player and patron facilities and more than 300 car spaces.
“It ( his death) want of trying.”
Residents say children often play on the streets of the park.
Cairns Taxis fleet manager Robert Hayle said the driver was co- operating with police and had been offered counselling.
“We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family,” he said.
Cairns duty officer Senior Sergeant Greg Giles said investigations were still under way, but it appeared to have been a tragic accident.
Empower Economics economist David Lynch said Hugh St lacked the capacity needed for growth and the future of rugby in the city was at risk if the issues weren’t addressed.
“With the addition of the women’s competition and demand for under 7s and 8s tag competition, there is increased pressure on the TDRU to expand,” he said.
“TDRU cannot afford to purchase another large parcel of land to secure that future.
“This is a once- in- a- generation opportunity to secure a home for rugby that will allow LABOR is headed for civil war after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten decided to match Tony Abbott’s asylum seeker policy and enforce boat turn- backs.
The backflip comes nine months after he slapped down suggestions by his immigration spokesman, Richard Marles, that Labor might be open to it.
Mr Shorten and Mr Marles will unveil the policy at Labor’s national conference this weekend.
The policy looks likely to be put to a vote at the conference, but the votes from Labor’s left the game North.
“Facilities at Hugh Street are ageing and in desperate need of upgrade that will require significant funding. Playing fields, parking and access are at capacity and there are safety issues in accessing the venue due to the concentration of games at the same times.”
Parkside Group has submitted a development application for a change of use on the Hugh St site from private sporting facilities to commercial. Castletown has objected to the development.
the and right are virtually even, so it is one Mr Shorten could lose – and with it, his authority.
Labor’s left faction will meet today to sign off on its positions. It is likely to agree to seek to amend the policy platform to rule out turn- backs.
Labor matching the Coalition policy is an acknowledgment of the success of Operation Sovereign Borders, implemented by the Abbott Government in 2013 and which stopped the flow of boats almost entirely.
Writing for News
Corp Australia, Mr Marles made it clear Labor had abandoned the failed policies of the Gillard and Rudd years, which saw 50,000 asylum seekers arrive by boat and 1200 die at sea.
“We did not get it right then but we are very clear now about making sure we don’t repeat those mistakes,’’ he writes.
“Offshore processing and regional resettlement, together with the Coalition’s policy of turn- backs, is what actually stopped the boats.”
TASTE SENSATION: Sheehans Meats manager Jim Luscombe with some of the sausages that will be on show.
TDRU president Lachlan Bell, life member Col Harkness, and economist David Lynch.