MASTER planning for a regional sport and recreation precinct on Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton is under way, with help from a $100,000 state government grant.
Redland mayor Karen Williams said the planning for the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct - on land acquired by council in 2017 - would include consultation with property neighbours, the wider community, sports groups and other stakeholders.
"Council will be consulting with the community and sports groups about this project and feedback from the consultation will help inform the master plan and ensure that our community's future sport and recreation needs are planned for," Cr Williams said.
"Once complete, implementing the master plan will include ongoing collaboration and partnership between council, the Queensland government and community organisations."
Cr Julie Talty said the company appointed by council, Ross Planning, specialised in recreation, open space and sport planning and had completed similar projects in the commercial and local and state government sectors.
"This site is ideal for sports and recreational activities," she said. "There is scope to connect this area with existing multi-use tracks and trails in nearby conservation areas such as Bayview Conservation Park.
"It will also link surrounding residential communities and expand on the list of natural attractions at the southern end of our city."
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Cr Williams said the master planning study was expected to be finished by the end of the year.
"The recreational potential and environmental benefits of this site will provide our residents with more sporting fields and community amenities to enjoy, while also protecting a significant area of natural habitat close to existing council-owned conservation land," Cr Williams said.
"We know Redlanders love their sport and the master planning process will ensure this unique parcel of land will complement our existing sports and recreation space and provide more opportunity for locals to enjoy the great outdoors."
Sport Minister and Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said the master planning was the first step in delivering sport and active recreation facilities for Mount Cotton residents.
"Families in the Mount Cotton area shouldn't have to leave their own community to participate in organised sporting fixtures or week-night training," he said.
"Everyone wants the chance to get active so having recreation spaces and accessible facilities close to where you live and learn is essential to delivering that.
"We look forward to working through this process in partnership with our community to make sure this project balances the need for more sporting facilities and the need for preservation of the beautiful Mount Cotton natural bushland."
The land is at 277 - 293 Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton.
For more information, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/SportPrecinct.