March 19th 2008
Mike back at the crease over Island camp.
Member for Townsville, Mike Reynolds, said today that he would once again take up the fight to the State Government if there is any further suggestion that the Magnetic Island Recreation Camp would be closed.
The camp, which provides seaside holiday recreation experiences for young people from across the state, was threatened with closure in late 2006 but saved by community protest and the efforst of Mike Reynolds.
News that it could again be closed resurfaced after the publication recently of a, "Report on the Performance Management Review of the Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation."
The review assessed the viability of 12 recreation centres throughout Queensland and recommends that six centres be retained. The Magnetic Island camp doesn't make the list which includes: Currimundi (Caloundra); Lake Perseverance (Crows Nest); Lake Tinaroo (Atherton); Leslie Dam (Warwick); Tallebudgera (Gold Coast); Yeppoon (Capricorn Coast).
The review claims, "These six centres have received significant capital investments over recent years resulting in activity areas being built such as ropes courses and swimming pools, new accommodation units and new commercial kitchens. A forward three year capital works program has also been developed for each of the centres in line with their master plans.
"The investment in these six centres as regional hubs would provide Sport, Recreation and Racing with the capacity to service key regions of Queensland and meet demands from high population growth areas."
As for the Magnetic Camp, the reviews finds, "The Magnetic Island Recreation Centre has limited capacity to develop the required infrastructure to deliver sport and recreation activities on site. Currently, the larger schools from Townsville use the Lake Tinaroo Recreation Centre (even though it involves a four hour drive) as it can provide sport and recreation activities for school clients. Magnetic Island has a reasonable occupancy level (17.6% in 2005-06). However, clients who visit this Magnetic Island Recreation Centre do so for its low cost accommodation or to participate in passive recreation pursuits such as arts and craft or religious ceremonies. While these are worthy community pastimes, they do not align with the business objectives of Sport, Recreation and Racing.
"As an alternative to operating sport and recreation activities at Magnetic Island, the division has proposed delivering activities at the Townsville Sports Reserve (which it also owns and operates). This strategy would deliver activities to a larger market in terms of schools, parents and community groups."
The review concludes, "In the case of the Magnetic Island Recreation Centre, the Review considers that DLGPSR should develop options for the future management of the centre. These options would include: