Concepts proposed for Queens Park
A FIVE-thousand seat stadium and mega clubhouse could be on the cards as one of the options proposed in one of four concept plans for the future development of Queens Park.
On Thursday night, representatives from most of the clubs in Queens Park and St Marks Oval met with consultants Ross Planning to view four concept plans.
These plans will be refined during the next month before a final document is presented to the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) at the end of July.
SDRC manager of facilities and recreational development Greg Thouard said the meeting at the Warwick Town Hall was productive, and allowed the clubs to see the initial stages of the master plan.
“Some of the more trying questions were posed,” Mr Thouard said.
“Is the plan trying to put too much into one area? I think that’s one of the big problems. We’re looking 20 or 30 years down the track. Some of the other dilemmas are that many of the sports in Warwick are really winter sports, apart from cricket.”
Mr Thouard also said that netball representatives attended the meeting, even though netball is currently played at Barnes Park, to see if the sport could potentially be factored into any future development in the Queens Park sector.
“Parking and traffic arrangements are a huge dilemma to try and incorporate in the plan,” Mr Thouard said.
“One of the good outcomes that everybody agreed to is that there is this belief to have a premium field to showcase sport in the region.
“Have a facility which might be able to attract some country NRL games, trial AFL games or possibly A-league games and bringing games here that are fringe games through major national events that may occur.
“An example could be a 5000 seat grandstand or something like that with a premium clubhouse, a clubhouse with good facilities.”
Mr Thouard said this clubhouse could potentially be a central gathering point for a number of codes.
“It could be in addition to the smaller clubhouses closer to the fields themselves,” he said.
“This is all dream stuff and it would be awful to say ‘knock everything down’.”
Mr Thouard said an important step to achieving any potential future funding to pay for what is proposed in the final master plan was forming a strong combined committee of all of the clubs involved in the Queens Park and St Mark’s Oval precinct.
“One of the things that we’ll have to do when it would start to turn over the first turf is to look around to access as many state and federal grants as possible and possibly go into a private partnership or seek sponsorship,” he said.
“They could develop improved management plans that would enable them to access better grants available. One of the biggest advantages of trying to get grants will be having this master plan.”