Locals urged to have their say on sports and recreation facilities in our city

Date published: 3 December 2018

Townsville City Council is inviting sport clubs, schools and community members to provide their feedback on the draft Sport and Recreation Facilities Strategy.

The draft strategy was created using an infrastructure audit, participation and population data and survey responses from over 2,300 residents, clubs and schools.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council received a great response from this survey and the data has been used to review the future sport and recreational needs of our community.

“We know Townsville loves its sport –that’s why Council wants to provide the best sport and recreational spaces for everyone in our city,” Cr Hill said.

“It is important to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to ensure we meet the future needs of our residents.”

The data showed popular sports including AFL, Rugby League and soccer proved popular along with fitness activities such as walking, gym and cycling.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the Sport and Recreation Facilities Strategy promotes healthy and active lifestyles for the community.

“The strategy allows us to provide inclusive facilities to all members of our community and promote participation in physical activity by targeting the needs of our community,” Cr Doyle said.

“We want to provide our residents with the infrastructure that will help more residents get outdoors keep active and live a healthy lifestyle.”

There was a strong response from motorsport participants to push for more racing facilities to be developed in the area.

Cr Hill said Council recommends that a separate motorsports strategy be completed in relation to a motorsports facility.

“Council recognises the huge interest the community has in motorsports and supports the establishment of a motorsport precinct and driver education centre in Calcium,” Cr Hill said.

“We have signed an agreement with Drive It NQ to provide land for a motorsport precinct and driver education centre in Calcium.

“I am a huge motorsport enthusiast and I understand how passionate the local motorsport community is about building a suitable facility in Townsville.”