Burdekin Shire Council will take the first steps towards the development of a new sport and recreation precinct in the heart of Ayr with $45,000 allocated for a master plan in the 2018/19 Budget.
The proposed Anzac Park Precinct would link existing sporting and recreational facilities in the area – including basketball, rugby, touch football, tennis and swimming – through the development of an interconnected community precinct.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was developing a master plan for the whole precinct to guide future planning and investment priorities.
“In the Burdekin we boast an active community with a wide array of sporting and recreational clubs to choose from,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council has identified the need for a dedicated sport and recreation precinct that brings many of these activities together, creating new opportunities for fitness and play and providing a destination where families can gather.”
Cr McLaughlin said Council was committed to providing parks, playgrounds and sporting and recreational facilities that contributed to liveability and growth in the Burdekin.
“Council recognises the valuable contribution of sport and recreation to the community,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Totalling an area of about 17.5 hectares, the Anzac Park Precinct is ideally located in the heart of Ayr and already accommodates a diverse range of sporting groups and facilities.
“The development of a master plan will assist us to better plan for the future by identifying new opportunities to grow and enhance this area now and in the years to come.”
Council has applied for Queensland Government support to undertake the master plan project.