Master plan set to change

CHANGES have been made to the draft master plan for playing fields on each side of the Condamine River in Warwick.

Early this week, representatives of the seven sporting groups involved with Queens Park and St Mark’s Oval – football, hockey, AFL, rugby league, rugby union, cricket and touch – met with representatives from consultants Ross Planning and the Southern Downs Regional Council.

Regional council manager of facilities and recreational development Greg Thouard said Ross Planning and quantity surveyors were now working on a final draft.

“I hope the final draft will be put to the clubs in early October and then to the October meeting of the council,” he said.

“There will then be a three-week period for public consultation.

“There have been changes to what was originally proposed but still provision for a major stadium.”

Throughout the process, Mr Thouard has stressed that there were no funds currently available to build any infrastructure recommended in the master plan.

Currently, football and cricket share the largest oval at Queens Park, the Warwick Rugby Union has its own field, Risdon Oval, the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club plays out of Father Ranger Oval and Warwick hockey has a clubhouse, water-based synthetic field and two grass fields near the bend in the river at Queens Park.

Hockey uses the northern part of the cricket and football oval when needed for state or regional carnivals.

Junior rugby league and touch are catered for east of the river on St Mark’s Oval and the Redbacks AFL club is developing a field in the same area.



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