Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson
Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson Cade Mooney

Camp's future still unclear

THE future of Camp Leslie will be discussed by the Southern Downs Regional Council next week after the State Government announced the recreation centre was up for sale.

Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson announced an expression of interest period to operate the Active Recreation Centre last week.

"As flagged in the State Budget, we are committed to putting new facility management models in place at Active Recreation Centres at Yeppoon, Magnetic Island and Leslie Dam," Mr Dickson said.

"As part of this year's State Budget process, the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing has identified three centres the government can no longer afford to support, due to the high level of public subsidy required and low usage rates.

"We are intent on doing everything possible to find a solution.

"Through the expression of interest process, we are giving interested parties the opportunity to run the centres, with the hope of ensuring they can operate into the future."

Southern Downs Regional Council facilities and recreational development manager Greg Thouard has recommended the council approach the government with a proposal that it be involved as community representatives.

"Seek longer-term participation for planning and management of the facility by having a seat on an advisory board to be established for Camp Leslie," he said.

He said it was important the facility stayed open.

"The decision to continue to the camp as an active recreation centre under a new management model is considered good news as the initial reaction within the community was that the camp will not close permanently," Mr Thouard said.

"There is an opportunity for council to have some long-term involvement in management of the facility."

The Southern Downs Regional councillors will discuss the report and issues in the community services meeting on Wednesday.



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