Expansion allows golf club to get course up to standard

BOYNE Tannum Golf Club is about to get a lot greener as it looks to expand to 18 holes.

Gladstone Regional Council at its general meeting this week decided that mixed density residential and resort development of the Boyne Tannum Country Club (BITS Club) site would not be pursued and clubs would be permitted to continue to develop sporting facilities over time.

The site is set to remain predominantly an open space and recreation area.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the decision followed extensive consultation with community and sporting groups.

"This area is of major focus for many involved in sporting pursuits and the process of arriving at today's decision commenced way back in April," Cr Sellers said.

"Considerations have included the continuation of some sports at the locality, while other sporting groups will be provided access to the new Boyne Tannum Sports Park as it is developed."

She said the Boyne Tannum Golf Club would be provided tenure to enable development of an 18-hole course but council would ensure that proposed lease boundaries protected public interests.

These include continued access to council infrastructure including water mains; public access to the Boyne River waterfront via a minimum 40m esplanade buffer zone; access to existing formal and informal boat ramps and river entries.

"The general public will maintain river access while the golf club will be offered lease of additional land to extend its course by an additional five holes," Cr Sellers said.

Boyne Tannum Golf Club vice president Jim O'Toole said the club was happy to be going up from a 13 holes to get the course "up to standard".

He said people had to play some holes twice to make up an 18-hole round so increasing by five holes would enable more players.

"We are flat out putting 90 on in a day," O'Toole said.

"With 18 holes we can put 150 on, no trouble at all."

The delays he said many people experienced at the club at the moment would be resolved with the addition of the extra holes.

 

Facts

  • Boyne Tannum Golf Club can expand to an 18-hole course
  • Stage one of the new Boyne Tannum Sports Park will progress to include an oval for Little Athletics and hockey
  • Soccer will move to the sports park for the second stage of development
  • Bowls, AFL and cricket will remain essentially unchanged with offers of renewed tenure already made
  • Land east of Jacaranda Drive deemed as surplus to sporting club requirements will be offered for sale by tender


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