State Govt considers rejuvenating rec centre at Leslie Dam
THERE is still hope for Camp Leslie despite the State Government's decision to cut funding to the Warwick recreation park by the end of the year during the budget reforms in September.
Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson has announced an expression of interest period to operate the Active Recreation Centre is now open.
"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 director community services Tony Minuti said the council was not looking to make an offer.
"Council is monitoring the situation and will continue discussions with the state in an effort to facilitate the ongoing running of the centre."
Mr Minuti said the council considered the facility important to the community.
"Council regards the Active Recreation Centre at Leslie Dam as an important recreational facility for the Southern Downs," he said.
"Council regards keeping the facility up and running as very important and will continue to liaise with the State Government to explore options for the facility to remain open."
Mr Dickson said he wanted to hear from organisations that would operate the sites for the benefit of the local community.
"This could involve continuing the existing sport and recreation activities currently conducted on the sites or undertaking similar activities the local community would be involved in," he said.