Master plan on track
THE development of the Morgan Park master plan is now “past the halfway mark” with consultants having completed the majority of consultation with key stakeholders at the leisure facility.
In April the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC), the Queensland Government and appointed consultants the Strategic Leisure Group joined forces to develop the master plan for Morgan Park to decide the future use of the site.
SDRC economic development officer and master plan project manager John Randall said the next phase of the project would be the design brief and analysis, where information gathered from stakeholders would be put together into a series of future design options for the site.
“Strategic Leisure hascompleted almost all of its consultation with the many groups with an interest in the future direction of Morgan Park,” Mr Randall said.
“Of course, all the groups who are based at Morgan Park are key stakeholders in this project. The development of the master plan will be a very detailed process and council encourages input and ideas from all members of the community.”
Mr Randall encouraged all interested residents and community groups to have a say on their vision for the future of Morgan Park.
Strategic Leisure Group managing director David Mason commended the council on taking a strategic approach to developing a plan for the future of Morgan Park.
“Most councils would love to have a venue like Morgan Park,” Mr Mason said.
“Its size, flexibility and proximity to town are enormous attributes – not just for day-to-day use but for major events.
“Having a master plan to guide the design and management of Morgan Park will help it to meet regional needs, capitalise on events and ensure its long-term sustainability.”
Mr Mason said by developing a master plan for Morgan Park, council would ensure the community got the best value for future funds invested into the site. In other master plans news across the region, SDRC cultural and recreational development manager Greg Thouard said the consultancy phase of the Queens Park master plan was well underway.
Mr Thouard said the consultants would meet with the steering group developing the master plan next Thursday to further develop the draft plan.
Keep an eye on the Daily News after that meeting next week for any updates.
For details on the Morgan Park master plan, contact Mr Randall on 4661 7332.