More space for sport in Calliope

SPORTS enthusiasts in Calliope will have more space after the Gladstone Regional Council resolved to transfer a reserve from operational to community recreation purpose.

At Tuesday's council meeting, council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said council's current parks and open space plan identified the need for more space in Calliope.

“We have an existing reserve there that is an old pound reserve,” he said.

“As it is no longer required as a pound, we thought we would make an application to have it changed as a sport and recreation reserve.”

According to a report tabled at the meeting, the reserve is about 49 hectares.

“Forty-nine hectares is a significant parcel of land,” Cr Craig Butler said.

“I'm happy to put aside a significant parcel of land for this.”

The report states that in 2005, the then Calliope Shire Council applied to the then Department of Natural Resources and Mines to purchase the land for future sporting facilities. It was earmarked for a regional horse sport facility.

In 2007, after eventually receiving a response from the department, the council decided not to proceed with the purchase as the community's commitment to the project had largely evaporated.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan for Calliope has identified the need for an additional 10.6 hectares of sporting land and an additional 15.9 hectares of recreational land by 2026.

The reserve has livestock yards in one corner, but as yards have now been installed in the new pound area close to council's Calliope Depot, these facilities are not used much.

As there is little or no requirement for the land to serve its gazetted purpose, it is an opportunity to secure this large amount of the land as a reserve for recreationthat will meet the needs.

There is an opportunity for another lot, currently being used as a quarry, to be transferred for community use at some stage in the future.



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