Albert Park and One Mile Sports Precincts Master Plans
Gympie Regional Council formally endorsed the Albert Park and One Mile Sports Precincts Master Plans at its Ordinary Meeting held 7 December 2016.
The Master Plans were produced on the basis of meeting the growing needs of the community and providing a home ground for key outdoor sports in Gympie. The plans be Council’s guiding documents when planning for, and progressively implementing any future works at the Albert Park and One Mile Sports Precincts.
Mayor Mick Curran said “Sport and active lifestyle continues to be an ongoing focus for Council. Providing our region with high quality sports facilities and master plans are key ingredients in getting our community to stay active.”
He said “Our region has always produced highly competitive sports men and women and we want this tradition to continue. Key sports infrastructure and planning is essential to ensuring that we have opportunity for our residents and their families to achieve at the highest levels in sports.”
Key master planning elements at Albert Park include:
- lit main oval hosting athletics and touch football
- six separate lit touch football fields (with additional space for athletics field events)
- two-green bowls facility (as existing)
- recreation play node in the south-west corner of the main oval
- a new clubhouse at the northern end of the facility
- mix of sealed car park areas within the Park boundaries
- improved access and traffic circulation and car parking
- improved pedestrian connections and circulation (including links to a future River to Rail Walk, taking in the adjacent stretch of the Mary River)
- upgraded entries.
Key master planning elements for One Mile include:
- five turf wicket cricket fields and two synthetic cricket fields to provide for junior and senior cricket at one location, and deliver a premier field (comparable in size to Allan Border Field which accommodates Queensland Sheffield Shield matches)
- two main football fields and access to four fields as multi-use fields for cricket and football (soccer)
- two baseball diamonds with suitable back net fencing
- quality BMX facility with rider and spectator ancillary facilities
- large formal play node located near the central fields and Brisbane Rd/Crescent Rd
- large nature-based adventure play node
- natural walking area near Deep Creek
- club facilities servicing each sport node
- mix of sealed and overflow formal car park areas within the Precinct boundaries
- enhanced traffic circulation
- improved pedestrian connections and circulation (including links through to the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre and Deep Creek Conservation Area (and beyond), as part of the proposed River to Rail Walk).
Portfolio Councillor James Cochrane said “The vision for Albert Park is to provide a quality multi-sport venue that is home to Gympie’s only athletics and touch facilities and a premier bowls complex. Facilities will be developed to ensure the Park continues to attract regular community events and carnivals.”
“Similarly, for One Mile it will provide a premier multi-sport and recreation venue and house Gympie’s baseball, BMX, cricket and football facilities. The Precinct will continue to attract regular sports carnivals and events and will provide a wide range of recreation and nature-based adventure play opportunities”, he said.
Council is also supporting the expansion of Rugby League at Jack Stokes Oval and Rugby Union at Leprechaun Park (White’s Gully) as a result of the outcomes of this master planning process.
The Albert Park and One Mile Sports Precincts Master Plans [PDF 12MB] were developed after a process of preliminary stakeholder engagement, with expert input as to how best to support the growth of sports using these facilities into the future. Public feedback was sought between 22 August and 18 September 2016, and submissions that were received within the public notification period were considered on their merit, and any necessary amendments included in the final Albert Park and One Mile Sports Precincts Master Plans, subsequently endorsed by Council.