Community has their say on sports for multipurpose court at Horseshoe Bay Park
Date published: 3 September 2021
Residents and visitors to Magnetic Island eager to get in a bit of physical activity will be able to play four different sports on the new multipurpose court following the results of the community consultation.
Council was looking for feedback on whether to include netball or futsal on the relocated multipurpose court in Horseshoe Bay Park, and the results were so close the decision has been made to include both.
Infrastructure Services Committee chairperson Kurt Rehbein said the community feedback was too close to call between installing netball and futsal as an option.
“We conduct community consultation as a crucial component of delivering projects like this for the benefit of our residents and in this case the results have been too close to call,” Cr Rehbein said.
“With the $300,000 funding that we have available from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program, we decided that instead of choosing one option over the other, we would redevelop to the court to include tennis, basketball, netball, and futsal.
“This is a fantastic outcome for all the residents who jumped online and provided feedback through the Have Your Say website, and I’m thrilled we’ve been able to accommodate everyone.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart welcomed the park upgrade, delivered through the Queeensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.
“This is a fantastic investment in Magnetic Island, with a $300,000 investment to deliver new sporting facilities at Horseshoe Bay Park,” Mr Stewart said.
“The investment will deliver jobs for locals as we build the courts and will help to bring the community together as we come out of this pandemic.
“Queensland’s plan for economic recovery is already delivering for locals here on Magnetic Island.”
Cr Rehbein said BMD will construct the court while onsite completing the drainage project on Horseshoe Bay Road.
“BMD will deliver the new multipurpose court while they are on the Island completing the drainage project.
“The construction of the new court will include constructing a new hard surface, the installation of the new goal nets and posts, fencing, lighting and line-marking for each sport.”
The multipurpose court at Horseshoe Bay Park had to be relocated to accommodate the project to build a new culvert as part of the $6 million Horseshoe Bay drainage project.