Clubs unsure of planned development

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

NOT everyone is happy with one of the most ambitious projects planned by the Calliope shire ? the $81.5 million Boyne Tannum Country Club redevelopment.

The redevelopment could fall foul of opposition from at least one of the sporting clubs that would have to be relocated across to the other side of the Boyne River to make way for the project.

BITS Soccer Club president Steve Niven said the club had a lease agreement with Calliope Shire Council for the field until 2012 and it would be reluctant to leave.

The project at completion would include an 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse, a hotel and aquatic centre as well as lot development. Mr Niven said the club had invested a lot of time, energy and money into building up its facilities.

He said until a bridge was built over the river, the greater travelling time and the distance to the new site would be a great inconvenience to members.

However, BITS Cricket Club president John Adie said the club would reserve judgment until it it had more information about what was proposed for the clubs.

'From what we have been told, we will have two fields and a modern clubhouse in the new location which will be an advantage to the club,'' he said.

'We are interested in working with the developers and council which has been a good supporter of our club.'

Boyne Tannum Little Athletics manager Kevin Pines said club members were excited by the prospect of relocating.

'Under the new proposals we'll get a fully lit oval, something we've wanted for a long time,' he said.

'At the moment we have to rely on the good graces of other clubs who let us use their fields.'

Trust director Jean-Mic Perrine said the proposed location for the sporting clubs was chosen specifically 'to be central to the future growth of the area . He said each club would have to weigh up its desires and the community's desires.

Council's corporate and community services director Mark Larney said the council would try to organise meetings with the clubs to sort out any problems.



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