Council approves $2.6m sports complex for Tannum
A NEW $2.6 million, 318ha sporting park at Tannum Sands is on its way after the Gladstone Regional Council approved an initial plan to get the project underway.
The sporting complex would include three soccer fields, a hockey field, an athletics track, long and triple jump area, pole vault area and full lighting.
However, while the council has not yet approved further development of the site, the intention is to extend the site over two stages to a point where it could eventually host more hockey fields and two AFL ovals.
Mayor Gail Sellers said Tuesday's approval of the initial stage was sorely needed for the Tannum Sands community.
"Tannum is one of the major growth areas in our region, and they're in desperate need of more facilities," Cr Sellers said.
"Bray Park is over capacity right now and it's something the community has been crying out for."
The proposal to convert council-held land into a sporting complex is something that has been on the drawing board for about six years.
As Boyne Tannum Sharks Football Club is one of the sporting clubs scheduled to benefit from the development, Sharks senior president Carl Boulton said the new facility would be great for clubs in the area.
"I think moving in the right direction because of our juniors are expanding so much," Mr Boulton said.
"We've got 35 teams, so having the new facility will give us more space for training and what have you."
However, he said a total move to the new facility would not be one made lightly.
"We've been at our current ground for 30-plus years, so there's that attachment there."