Southern Downs Regional Council building.  Photo Kerri Moore / Warwick Daily News
Southern Downs Regional Council building. Photo Kerri Moore / Warwick Daily News Kerri Moore

Five entertainment precincts proposed across region

ONE man is calling for better opportunities for entertainment in the region.

Musician Kelvin Johnston has proposed entertainment precincts be created around the region and has delivered his plan to council.

The Warwick resident said legislation allowed Southern Downs councillors to approve the creation of five proposed sites in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Wallangarra, Allora and Killarney.

“There’s the prospect of the economic benefit, but it wouldn’t cost the rate payer anything or require council putting forward any funds,” Mr Johnston said.

“It’s about land usage and planning and it would just require council to take advantage of state legislation and enabling cultural entertainment in the region.

“I want to have these areas created so young people can use these areas, and it’s not necessarily about that liquor and pub rock sort of focus.”

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the council wanted to create more entertainment opportunities for Southern Downs youth.

“We’ve at this stage had a very brief meeting and we’ll now be looking into it,” Cr Dobie said.

“The issue of noise levels in these particular areas needs to be taken into account and, I hate this term, we do need to look into it more before we can make a proposal to council.

“While we can’t come straight and say yes, if these areas can help create more entertainment for young people, that’s a great thing. The economic development is not our biggest priority but we do need to look at the facilities we have available in these areas, such as catering and toilet facilities.”

Mr Johnston said he hoped the council would consider his proposal to build creative environments that catered to everyone.

“I think the mayor was interested in what was being said, particularly if it would create a sense of vibrancy and community,” he said.

“I think they were also interested to see they could put something in place to allow for private investment rather than something ratepayers funded, without a lengthy planning progress.

“ I think the Southern Downs should lead the way to show other councils it can be done.



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