Sportspark has upgrade in sights
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.whitsundaysportspark.com.au.
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.