Fraser Coast sports precinct con­tro­versy

The Gympie Times - - REGIONAL NEWS -

FRASER Coast coun­cil­lor has claimed the re­gion’s sport­ing groups should help foot the bill for the con­struc­tion of the Niken­bah Sports Precinct to help stem coun­cil spend­ing.

Coun­cil­lor De­nis Chap­man made the ex­plo­sive claim as the coun­cil con­tin­ues to make ground on the con­tro­ver­sial devel­op­ment, with stage one of the 15-year, five-stage project near­ing com­ple­tion.

Ear­lier this year, the Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil con­firmed it was in lease ne­go­ti­a­tions with Her­vey Bay Net­ball and Oz­tag groups and Foot­ball Queens­land Wide Bay to move to the precinct in Jan­uary, once the net­ball courts and foot­ball fields are com­pleted.

But Cr Chap­man, who has been a long-stand­ing op­po­nent of the project, said he felt the clubs who would ben­e­fit from the project should help conA trib­ute to the devel­op­ment and man­age­ment of the site.

He did not elab­o­rate on how much should be con­tributed but said the money shouldn’t en­tirely come from the coun­cil’s bud­get.

“The com­mu­nity has al­ways had a prece­dent set where sport­ing land is leased and they go and do all the work, it’s been like that for years,” Cr Chap­man said.

“What I find is all the sport­ing bod­ies out there are get­ting all th­ese fa­cil­i­ties, like club­houses and fields, given to them.

“My big­gest con­cerns are how sport­ing clubs have not paid any money and sport­ing bod­ies have not come for­ward to sup­port it. So un­til we start see­ing some fund­ing start com­ing from th­ese bod­ies, it will be very hard for me to sup­port the devel­op­ment.”

Photo: Matthew McIn­er­ney

The Fraser Coast Sport Precinct, from the air on Oc­to­ber 18, 2018.

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