Morgan Park masterplan to go ahead
AFTER years of relatively unplanned growth at Morgan Park, the green light has finally been given to develop a masterplan, at a cost of about $90,000.
This is something that Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser is happy about, but he feels it has been a long time coming.
“We’ve been here for over 40 years, the thing that intrigues me is (that it’s) only since it’s started to develop that council has had an interest in it,” Mr Fraser said.
“We need to have a plan in place.”
Warwick District Sporting Car Club president Bill Campbell is also pleased a consultant has now been appointed to develop the master plan, but wants a say.
“It is good to see council is putting in more interest and have finally come to acknowledge that Morgan Park generates a lot of money in the local economy,” he said.
Morgan Park Users Group chairman Cliff Farrell will do his best to ensure that the commissioned recreational planning experts, the Strategic Leisure Group, stay in contact with all of the key stakeholders during the process.
Southern Downs Regional Council economic development officer and Morgan Park Masterplan project manager John Randall said the stakeholder consultation would begin shortly.
“Of course, all the groups who are based at Morgan Park will be key stakeholders in this project. There are even some groups there who have held international events, so all their expertise and input will be well-received.
“There is also an opportunity to look at what groups may be looking to locate to Morgan Park in the future. The development of the masterplan will be a very detailed process, and council encourages input and ideas from all members of the community.”
Mr Randall said by drawing up the plan for Morgan Park, council would be able to ensure that the community would get the best value for any future funds invested.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said all the interested parties needed to play their part in the development of the masterplan.
“Morgan Park is well known throughout Australia for the top standard events that are held there each year,” he said.
“As well as being a destination for motor and horse sport enthusiasts from all over Australia, there are many members of our local community who both attend and participate on a regular basis at Morgan Park.
“So it’s important that everyone with an interest in what the future can hold for this highly-regarded asset participates in the development of the masterplan.”
Grab tomorrow’s Daily News for more coverage on the masterplan.