Burdekin Shire Council takes active role in developing sport

Burdekin Shire Council will investigate future sport and recreational opportunities for the Shire as part of a 10-year plan to be developed this financial year.

Community members, sport clubs and schools will be encouraged to have their say on the 2018-2028 Sport and Recreation Plan through a series of community workshops and surveys which are planned to take place in coming months

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the plan would help to guide the provision of sporting infrastructure and services in the Shire for years to come.

Council received $43,800 through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program for the project and has engaged sport and recreation planning specialist Otium Planning Group to conduct the work following a recent tender process.

Cr McLaughlin said Council recognised the valuable contribution of sport and recreation to the community.

“Sport and recreation plays a crucial role in supporting the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of Burdekin residents,” she said.

“It brings people together and provides opportunities for social interaction and personal empowerment. Our local sport and recreation clubs are the hub of community life.”

Cr McLaughlin said it was important Council was proactive in planning for current and future sporting needs

“The last 10 year plan was prepared back in 2007 and with this having reached the end of its planning cycle, Council is seeking a fresh look at the sport and recreation needs of the Burdekin community,” she said.

“From identifying land requirements for future sport and recreation opportunities, to looking at how we position ourselves to attract major events, it’ll act as a strategic road map which will leave us better placed to support community participation in sport over the next 10 years.”

Cr McLaughlin said the new 10 year plan would guide Council in addressing future recreation and park needs, including the development, redevelopment and enhancement of all recreation and park services, programs and facilities in the Shire.

“It will identify the shortfalls, surplus and opportunities in the Shire’s sport and recreational supply,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This opportunity has been made possible thanks to the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program.”

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