Family backs 10 year plan for Burdekin sport and recreation future

All five members of Home Hill’s Casswell family love getting active in the great outdoors and have played nearly every sport available in the Burdekin Shire between them.

For Col and his wife Kate and their three children Andrew, 25, Hannah, 23 and James, 20, sport plays an important role in their lives, which is why they are throwing their support behind the development of a new 10 year Sport and Recreation Plan for the Shire.

Burdekin Shire 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.

Col, who volunteers as the Secretary of Home Hill Tennis Association, said his family was lucky to have such wide range of parks, sporting and recreational boating facilities on their doorstep, but he believed planning for the future was important.

“In the future I’d like to see a good mix of new facilities undercover and more opportunities for the sharing of facilities between different sporting groups,” Col said.

“Growing the participation levels in sport in the community is also needed. At Home Hill Tennis Association we’ve been working hard to improve the facilities and we do attract some big competitions. In another 10 years, we’d like to see more people playing tennis overall, socially as well as for competition.”

Hannah grew up playing sports and went on to represent Queensland in tennis and North Queensland in softball and cross country before embarking on a career as a PE teacher.

“I would love to see more facilities in the Burdekin with the ability to attract high level events and competitions. This gives the kids coming through something to aspire to,” she said.

“It’s about having the facilities and also having the people who can make it successful.”

Council is currently calling on residents and sporting clubs to have their say on the sport and recreation needs of the community.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin encouraged residents to complete the Burdekin Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Community Survey, which is now available at Burdekin Shire Council’s website and in hard copy at the Ayr and Home Hill branches of Burdekin Library and from Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Sporting clubs are also urged to have their say by completing the Burdekin Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Club Survey.

This survey was emailed to clubs earlier this month and is also available by contacting Council’s Community Development team on (07) 4783 9800.

“Your views about sport and recreation participation, activities, facilities and services will help us to set priorities and plan for the future,” Cr McLaughlin said.

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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