Martial arts academy gets land
WITH the green light from Gladstone Regional Council for a patch of land at Moura Cr, the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy has a new lease on life.
At least, that's the way head coach Rob McIntyre sees it.
The Gladstone RSL Sub-Branch and the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy have both been given the right to lease land on the street to advance the development of their organisations.
Gladstone Regional Council sport and recreation portfolio spokesman Councillor Graham McDonald said the council supported the applications as both organisations provided beneficial services to the Gladstone community.
"These organisations would complement those already in existence or planned along that strip of Barney Point land," Cr McDonald said.
The council would encourage all groups to providing joint facilities.
"Having this land means a future for the club.
"It means we're not subject to price increases and new land owners," Mr McIntyre said.
The academy is at the Parish hall on Herbert St at present and has about 150 members. Mr McIntyre said operating was difficult because 95% of its equipment was in storage.
The new site would include two buildings. A smaller building would be occupied first, then once a second larger one was complete, the smaller one would be hired out to other clubs.
"Our goal is to make the new complex one of, if not, the best martial arts centres in Australia," he said.