BRING IT ON: Brian Cordwell and riders Zak Brown (left) and Jonathan Cordwell are excited about the motocross facility.
BRING IT ON: Brian Cordwell and riders Zak Brown (left) and Jonathan Cordwell are excited about the motocross facility. Brett Wortman

State Government forcing us to pay for its Motorcross park

THE State Government announced plans to develop a motor sports park on the Sunshine Coast without detailed consultation with council, but it expects council and other

local authorities to help fund it.

Sunshine Coast Council this week said it was only informed of the proposal to occupy 534ha

between the Bruce Hwy and David Low Way a couple of weeks ago.

"It's a decision that is being taken by the state. It owns the land and has the authority to establish the use,'' a council spokesman said.

"Council is seeking more information from the Minister on any particular local amenity or other impacts.

"The Steve Irwin Way is an important tourism corridor for the Sunshine Coast, and any decisions on the future of this land need to be taken with great care.

"Certainly such a facility would be beneficial on the north side of Brisbane, and such a facility should be well located and well managed.

"We understand that the State Government is proceeding to the next steps and is keen to see the

facility built at this location.

"Council was given an indication in the last couple of weeks this was going to be the site - and it was formally advised it would proceed to an expression of interest shortly before the Minister's announcement.

"The Minister has made it clear he favours local, state and private funding. Both council and Council of Mayors are yet to consider that in detail. A specific location for such a facility has not been considered by council or neighbouring councils in recent years.

"It's understood the state considered a number of locations north of Brisbane."

Documents seeking expressions of interest from community organisations, sports bodies and private enterprise to partner in the development, make it clear the Government wants to move quickly on the project.

The first site inspection for interested parties was yesterday.

A second inspection will take place on Tuesday.

The deadline for expressions of interest is April 4 despite the Gov

ernment having yet to complete State Planning Regulatory Provisions for the site.

Those short-listed by the Government will receive invitations to

offer on May 5 with the closing date for submissions on June 30.

The successful applicant will be expected to start work later this year and to open by mid-2015.

Expression of interest documents state that the Department of Transport and Main Roads would fund and construct transport

access infrastructure to support the facility.

"The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing has committed funding from its budget to support the development of infrastructure associated with the facility," the document states.

"NPRSR will also negotiate with local governments in an effort to secure an additional contribution toward the dev

elopment."


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