Parking in spotlight

JON Pearson is hoping that improved parking will be one of the pluses from a proposed master plan for sporting fields on both sides of the Condamine River at Queen’s Park and St Mark’s Oval in Warwick.

A draft plan put to club officials last month proposed that football be moved to St Mark’s Oval next to AFL and junior rugby league be moved to Queen’s Park.

Pearson said one weekend of football club fixtures were cancelled this year due to wet weather and safety concerns with parking.

“It is downright dangerous at Queen’s Park when it is wet,” he said.

“Cars just slide in the black soil; we need provision for safe parking on both sides of the river in the master plan.”

While the plans are still being finalised and will only be implemented if adopted by Southern Downs Regional Council and funds become available, Pearson said his association was not against the move to St Mark’s Oval providing they would end up with better facilities, improved lighting, irrigated fields and safer parking.

“We would also like to have major matches, like senior finals, on the proposed main (stadium) field,” Pearson said.

Clubs are scheduled to meet again on Monday.


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