Calliope Sports Park plan about to become a reality
STAGE one of the highly anticipated Calliope Sports Park will soon be under way.
The project is worth almost $2 million and covers 49ha just a few kilometres from Calliope town centre.
A single clubhouse will be the amenities building servicing two full-sized ovals irrigated by bore water with the clubhouse itself shared by the soccer and cricket clubs.
The arrival of the multi-purpose sport and recreation area couldn't be more welcome for the rapidly growing community.
For more than 15 years Calliope Soccer Club has called a shipping container home.
Club treasurer Tracey Rule said the lack of facilities and storage for equipment has been difficult to deal with.
With no kitchen facilities, the club spends $40 every home game just on ice.
Ms Rule can't wait to finally have a new home once the new Calliope Sports Ground development is finished late this year.
She said the club has been steadily growing and desperately needed the new fields with lighting so they could hold night games and practice sessions.
This year the club has 120 members across its junior and senior squads.
That's up from last year's 96 members.
"We've been working towards this for a long time," Ms Rule said.
"It's so important to have this kind of facility because the community is constantly growing. This will be a new place to help welcome new people to town, it's a great place to meet people."
The clubhouse will be shared by the cricket and soccer clubs.
Mr Rule said the club had already started looking at bringing netball and basketball to the same precinct.
"It will make it easier for families - only having to drop their children up at one place - and hopefully encourage kids to be more active if their siblings are playing sport and there are some other options there."
Local businesses Golding Contracting and CCF Constructions will carry out the landscaping and build the clubhouse.
During the council meeting councillors Maxine Brushe and Gail Sellers abstained from voting.
In a statement read to the chamber, Cr Brushe expressed her concerns the council would be overstepping its responsibility to the community by funding this development.