Proposal to relocate clubs
SPORTING days at Clinton Park could be numbered as Gladstone Regional Council has put a proposal on the table to relocate the clubs.
Council put the proposal to club representatives at an “invitation only” meeting on Tuesday night.
Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the council had been informed by independent consultants that the land was worth $15.21 million and could potentially be used for medium density housing, retail or motel/hotel facilities.
“Council believes, as the custodian of the public asset, that this issue warrants further investigation,” he said.
Council Sports and Recreation officer Steve Bankier said a sports mapping process had identified Clinton Park was restricted in its growth.
He said there was the need for another AFL oval to be built by 2014, an increase in soccer fields and significant upgrades for cricket facilities.
He said a parcel of land that the council had recently purchased on Harvey Road, south of the touch fields, and land on Palm Drive were identified by the council as potential relocation sites.
Mr Bankier said if relocated, clubs would get facilities equivalent to those at Clinton Park, if not better.
Mr Kanofski said the Council did not want to rush the process and was willing to give the association a two-year lease, as the last lease ended on June 30.
The Clinton seniors and juniors Soccer; Gladstone Cricket; Clinton Junior Football; Muddies junior and senior AFL; and Gladstone Premier League 2010 come under the umbrella of the Clinton Park Sports Association.
Delegates from each individual club will go back to their members and, with an open mind, discuss what has been proposed by the council.