The future of sport and recreation on Redlands Coast has received a boost, with the commencement of master planning for Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct, at 277 – 293 Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton.
Mayor Karen Williams said the site, acquired by Council in 2017, would provide the city with new sport, recreational and environmental opportunities.
“The recreational potential and environmental benefits of this site will provide our residents with more sporting fields and community amenities to enjoy, while also protecting a significant area of natural habitat close to existing Council-owned conservation land,” she said.
“We know Redlanders love their sport and the master planning process will ensure this unique parcel of land will complement our existing sports and recreation space and provide more opportunity for locals to enjoy the great outdoors.”
Cr Williams thanked the State Government for its Get Planning Spaces grant of up to $100,000 to assist with the master planning, which will include consultation with property neighbours, the wider community, sports groups and other stakeholders.
“Council will be consulting with the community and sports groups about this project; and feedback from the consultation will help inform the master plan, and ensure that our community’s future sport and recreation needs are planned for,” she said.
“Once complete, implementing the master plan will include ongoing collaboration and partnership between Council, the Queensland Government and community organisations.”
Minister for Sport and Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said this process was the first step in delivering sport and active recreation facilities for the people of Mount Cotton.
“Families in the Mount Cotton area shouldn’t have to leave their own community to participate in organised sporting fixtures or weeknight training. Everyone wants the chance to get active, so having recreation spaces and accessible facilities close to where you live and learn is essential to delivering that,” he said.
“We look forward to working through this process in partnership with our community to make sure this project balances the need for more sporting facilities and the need for preservation of the beautiful Mount Cotton natural bushland. This consultation process will be an excellent opportunity for the community to be in involved with the future of Mount Cotton.
“I congratulate the Redland City Council for taking this important step in the long term planning for the region.”
Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said Council had appointed Ross Planning Pty Ltd to deliver the master plan, with the company specialising in recreation, open space and sport planning, and having completed similar projects in the commercial and Local and State government sectors.
“This site is ideal for sports and recreational activities,” she said.
“There is scope to connect this area with existing multiuse tracks and trails in nearby conservation areas, such as Bayview Conservation Park.
“It will also link surrounding residential communities and expand on the list of natural attractions at the southern end of our city.”
Cr Williams said the master planning study was expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
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