Gympie sports are jam packed - the city needs more ovals
AS WINTER draws to a close this weekend and we enter a very busy grand final and presentation season, it's time to start a serious conversation around our local sports facilities.
- Touch football revamp part of Albert Park Masterplan
- It has begun, and things will never be the same at Albert Park
- Albert Park, the jewel in our crown
Talk to anyone involved in running a winter sport in this town and you know our playing surfaces are bursting at the seams.
Gympie needs more ovals.
Football codes are currently sharing facilities - to the cost of some but not others - and while the council is to be applauded for the master plan which has already been put into action to take Albert Park and the One Mile Ovals into the future, there has been no mention of additional sporting fields.
Gympie has always been a very competitive sporting centre, and we have two footballers currently making their mark on the code at a national level.
The number of rugby union players in this town has skyrocketed in the past 12 months, going from about 300 last year to 800 this year. Women's rugby is responsible for a lot of that growth, and with the national zeitgeist loving women's sport and wanting to nurture it, there is a lot of grant money up for grabs for the communities that are smart enough to have a plan in place on how to spend it.
Gympie needs a plan. Now.
Our population is growing, and will grow even faster once the Bruce Hwy Bypass is completed, which means more people playing sport and an even greater need for more ovals.
Our council cannot afford to sit on its hands on this.