Plan excites football club

SPORTS clubs at the Clinton Sports Park must wait to learn the fate of their home grounds.

The good news is, if they are booted out, the alternatives are being planned.

Earlier this year, Gladstone Regional Council all but decided land at Clinton Sports Park would have to be used for expansion of Gladstone Airport, forcing the relocation of sports clubs based on the site.

There was a small shift a few weeks ago when councillors decided it was best to wait for a decision from the newly formed Gladstone Airport Corporation.

The airport's new board discussed the issue at its inaugural meeting recently and has not yet decided if it needs the land.

For a long time, the council has been communicating with the clubs about alternative venues.

The latest plan is largely the same as announced earlier this year, except junior soccer on Palm Dr would be relocated to a new complex on Harvey Rd.

The council's director of corporate and community services, Cale Dendle, said councillors decided to wait on a decision from the airport before moving ahead with the proposals.

The Gladstone Airport Master Plan 2011 found Clinton Sports Park would be needed for future expansion, particularly to create a new entry from Dawson Highway.

 

Council's idea

  • Clinton Football Club (soccer) would relocate to a new facility on Harvey Rd.
  • Gladstone Mudcrabs AFL club and Gladstone Cricket Club would relocate to Palm Dr.
  • Junior soccer would relocate from Palm Dr to the new Harvey Rd facility on Saturday mornings.
  • The relocations would be staged between late 2013 and mid-2016.


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