Sportspark has up­grade in sights

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AIR­LIE Beach’s pri­mary sport­ing fa­cil­ity has un­veiled its plan to not only grow, but be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

Ear­lier this month the Whit­sun­day Sportspark made a pre­sen­ta­tion to key lo­cal of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney, Mem­ber for Whit­sun­day Ja­son Costi­gan and Mem­ber for Daw­son George Chris­tensen, out­lin­ing plans to re­de­velop the rugby field.

Fur­ther down the track the Sportspark wants to build a league’s club, which would in­clude a bistro and pos­si­bly gaming fa­cil­i­ties.

The strate­gic vi­sion would see the cur­rent rugby field turned, in or­der to fit a full­sized union ground (120m long) as well as a smaller sec­ond area 100m, but still reg­u­la­tion soc­cer size.

Whit­sun­day Sportspark sec­re­tary Justin But­ler said the com­mit­tee wanted to “de­velop and build a pre­mium qual­ity sur­face for game days and rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­tures”.

He said realign­ing the fields would also en­able the Sportspark to pro­vide a safer fa­cil­ity and es­ti­mated the job to take be­tween 12-24 months.

The league’s club could come fur­ther down the track, in a bid to be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

“We want to re­duce re­liance on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment. By hav­ing a prof­itable trad­ing sports club with a bistro and use those prof­its to drive the Sportspark and sport in the Whit­sun­day re­gional area,” But­ler said.

But­ler also said the com­mit­tee would en­cour­age sports­based tourism in the re­gion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Whit­sun­day Sportspark’s plan to up­grade, visit the new web­site at www.whit­sun­

SPORTSPARK PLANS: (From back) Mem­ber for Daw­son George Chris­tensen, Whit­sun­day Sportspark pres­i­dent Steve Tween, Mem­ber for Whit­sun­day Ja­son Costi­gan, (front) Whit­sun­day Sportspark sec­re­tary Justin But­ler and Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney at the launch of the Sportspark's strate­gic vi­sion ear­lier this month.

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