Flood spurs rethink on sports plan
HE didn't want to be the “doomsayer”, but council's engineering director Peter See called it right when he warned the Condamine River Parks Master Plan waslittered with impractical suggestions.
But even since the sporting area was devastated by flooding, council is saying the $12.8 million vision, which could take 20 years before it is even close to completion, will still “stand as adopted”.
At the December general meeting council approved the plan for Warwick sports clubs despite some serious concerns voiced by Mr See.
He criticised the plans for the playground and sound shell.
“That location has been flooded four times in the last few weeks,” Mr See said.
“You would have to fence thelocation otherwise sons and grandsons will be in the river.”
The Christmas flooding proved him right, but the sporting clubs are divided in opinion between completely revisiting the plan or simply tweaking it.
Greg Thouard, manager ofFacilities and Recreational Devel- opment, said the master plan would remain the driver for fut- ure development in the Condamine Parks sporting precinct, but the upcoming flood study would be considered.
“It was always intended to review the flood study and the impacts it will have on this master plan,” Mr Thouard said.
“Council does not have any plan to re-visit the Condamine River Parks Master Plan in the short-term, and any construction works carried out in the future will be subject to building codes and other legal requirements.”
Hockey president Peter Pickering said while the master plan was still relevant, it had to be rethought.
Their pitches were devastated by the flooding and hockey will have to face tough decisions.
“The study was good and sets a framework for the future,” he said. “But hockey wasn't changed much in the master plan. Now the floods have shown us we need to build a higher levee bank if we are going to stay in the same spot.”
Mr Pickering said the upcoming flood study will impact their decision.
Warwick Cowboys president Don Browne wants to get back around the table and iron out some problems.
“It has to be rethought, especially the hockey fields,” he said.
“They have to decide whether the whole thing needs to be completely relocated.”
Water Rats president Justin Wynn and Suburbs' Gary McEwan both said they felt it was important any infrastructure was as flood safe as possible. Mr Wynn said since the floods the club has been considering portable stands and moveable signs.