‘Something for everyone’: Major sport complex approved
A multi-million dollar plan to build nature trails, sporting courts and fields, and dog-friendly facilities sprawling across 75hectares at Meridan Plains has been approved.
At today’s council meeting, the Honey Farm Sport and Recreation Precinct master plan passed unanimously with some earthworks already underway.
The blueprint includes two full-sized football fields, cricket nets and turf pitches, a clubhouse, indoor sport and recreation centre, climbing wall, skate park, ninja warrior facilities, wetlands and nature trails, disc golf course and off-leash dog park.
The first stage, estimated to cost $20million, is expected to be completed by 2024, with stage two to start in the same year.
Councillor Peter Cox says the master plan provides a vision for a precinct that will promote a healthy and creative community.
“This is a significant multi-use sport and recreation precinct which will provide a wealth of benefits for the entire Sunshine Coast community to be involved in active sports, outdoor recreation and a range of events,” Cr Cox says.
“This precinct will become a place for everyone to enjoy as it’s been shaped by our community, for our community.
Last year, community feedback showed 84 per cent of respondents supported the draft proposal.
In response to feedback, Cr Cox says the plan has been refined to meet the needs of different groups within the community.
“Most of the feedback found sporting fields and courts were the most important feature of the plan, closely followed by the youth activity-node and criterium cycling course.
“We also received feedback to consider the land for a range of non-sporting events. So council looked into this through an event assessment process, which determined the site has a potential capacity to hold up to 30,000 patrons – a fantastic result to increase tourism and community events in the area.”
Council has previously approved budget allocation of $3.75 million in the 2020/21 financial year to start early works for this project.
Initial earthworks, access roads and service connections are underway.