The Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will provide high-quality sport and active recreation infrastructure to support increased participation in
physical activity from Emu Park and surrounding communities.
The Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve has been identified as a key project for the Livingstone Shire community and as a result is
included in a number of Council’s strategic planning documents including the Regional Open Space Plan (2010), the Adopted Infrastructure Charges
Resolution No.2 (2015), as well as the Draft Strategic Plan (2016).
Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will deliver meaningful sport and recreation outcomes for the Emu Park community. Emu Park has
been identified as a ‘high growth area’ within the Livingstone Shire with consistent growth expected to continue for several years. A range of vital community
facilities, including the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve, have been highlighted as priorities in the provision of essential services to this high growth
area, as well as the wider Capricorn Coast.
Livingstone Shire Council takes its responsibility to deliver key community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects seriously and is enthusiastic to
partner with the State and Federal Government, as well as business sector, in the construction of the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve. Council has
secured $1.5 Million through the Australian Government's Community Development grant, along with funding of $1.5 Million through the Queensland Government's
Get Playing Plus programme. Furthermore Council has partnered with Emu Park Community Bendigo Bank to fund the balance of stages two, three and four of the
Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve.
The development of the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will allow for a range of new activities and also accommodate new user groups
that will enable increased participation in sport and active recreation for numerous Queenslanders. Emus Rugby League Club is at its limit for accepting
members to play in its junior teams as the current space at Bicentennial Oval does not allow additional use (training/fixtures). This challenge will be easily
overcome with the establishment of the facilities at the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve and will enable more young players, both male and female,
to participate in the sport. This will also have a flow on effect to the senior teams and ensure strong, sustainable clubs are established in the local community
that will provide opportunities for participation in sport and active recreation for many years.
The development of the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will support sport and recreation at the grassroots level, and ensure that increased
participation opportunities are provided for the greater Emu Park area. The delivery of the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will also meet existing
service gaps and address regional sport and active recreation infrastructure needs.
Livingstone Shire Council continues to approach sport and active recreation infrastructure development with consideration to the most effective and efficient
methods for planning, implementation, and delivery. Council is aware that its local community must have ease of access to the requisite facilities, however also
understands the need to acknowledge a regional focus to avoid ‘doubling-up’ on large scale project with neighbouring Local Government Areas.
The Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve will complement existing sport and recreation infrastructure within Livingstone Shire, and across the Central
Queensland region to ensure that more Queenslanders are able to participate in sport and active recreation. Within the Livingstone Shire, Council has a strong
focus on developing centralised multisport facilities where a complete range of sport and active recreation activities can be accommodated. The planning of the
Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve has taken this into account to ensure that all existing sports and activities in the Emu Park area, as well as those
that may potentially be established can be accommodated on the site.
Livingstone Shire Council committed $100,000 towards stage one of the Reserve which was completed in 2015 and established the Men’s Shed facilities.
Since then, Council has engaged consultants to complete detailed planning and design of stages two, three, and four that will see the construction of two (2)
irrigated and lit rectangular fields, a large multipurpose amenities building, car parking and associated services.
Council has been successful in obtaining $1,500,000 from the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Plus programme towards construction of stages two,
three and four that has been matched by a further $1,500,000 from the Australian Government through its Community Development Grants.
The Emu Park Community Bendigo Bank has also committed $250,000 towards the $4,750,000 project. Construction on stages two, three, and four is
expected to commence in June 2017 with the first games anticipated to be played on the new fields in April 2018.
Future stages of the Reserve will be developed in line with community need and available funding.