Sign the Opposing Petition Here!
Earlier this week on Wednesday Lisa Desmond the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) sent an email out titled “Letter of Support – Fraser Coast Sports Precinct “ for the $54 Million Sports Precinct Brochure coupled with a letter of information and a ‘letter of support’ to community leaders, organisations and key stakeholders for them to sign in support?
As we live in a democratic society; I believe it is only fair and just that the people have a say in response to the CEO’s request, so Jannean Dean and I have composed a letter so that you the community FCRC (Fraser Coast Regional Community) / rate payers paying for this have an option of signing an ‘OPPOSING’ letter.
My report on the Sports Precinct from the last Council meeting I went to in Hervey Bay (WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2015):
“Cn George Seymour recently queried at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 which sporting clubs wanted to move to this area. The CEO waffled on and refused to answer. George asked four times till it was revealed the only clubs that were spoken to and would consider moving are Netball and Football (Soccer).
Every other club on the Fraser Coast will be forced to move. All sporting Club’s satellite hub buildings are going to cost each little club between $300K – $450K! Cn Trevor McDonald and Cn James Hansen both agreed, no one wants to move out there.
FCRC recommended business like the RSL and / or Boat Club to manage the satellite hubs – They would then have complete say as they have management rights, therefore to me they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!!! I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+
It seems our sports grounds are so great the 2015 Junior State Cup Touch Football Carnival thinks they are suitable for STATE LEVEL events every year. Why would FCRC need to spend millions of dollars on a new one?
The rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.”
Did you know? (Quite Alarming Stats emailed direct from the CEO)
• 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
• 25.6% of families with children under 15 years have no parent employed.
• the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015.
• from 2011 to 2036, the population for Fraser Coast is projected to increase from 97,661 persons to 146,602 with significant growth anticipated in the 0 – 10 years age group.
(I asked for evidence of where this stat / figure came from but the CEO emailed she was declining to answer)
• the region ranks among the worst three areas in Queensland for obesity and smoking, and among the worst for cancer deaths – the region has a 32% higher obesity and 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.
These stats directly confirm what an irrational, uneconomical, nonviable community expense and clearly further demonstrates how out of touch the Council is with our community …..!
Compound Interest on a $56 Mill loan for 20 years will double the cost to above $100 Mill
Alot of people are struggling with their rates (2015 Overdue rates $13,889,122) plus rising electricity, so with the rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.
Also who pays for the ongoing upkeep of the fields the Clubs or the rate payers?
Council has purchased the land, so if in 10 or 20 years and we have the numbers we just build it. Why don’t we review the currents plans for Tavistock St and possibly assist current sports grounds / clubs with money to help with upgrades to their current precincts instead?
Maybe if we improve what we currently have, we can grow the numbers and justify the expense ….