What should council do with QE Park?

THE people of Casino are being asked for their opinions about plans for the long-term re-development of Queen Elizabeth Park as a multi-use sporting complex, which includes the construction of a regional football and athletics stadium.

Two options for the future redevelopment of the site are in a draft master plan which is on display.

Richmond Valley Council commissioned consultants GHD to prepare the plan for the long-term use of the 31.8 hectare site, including the greyhound track, rugby league fields, cricket fields, archery and river bank.

The two options canvassed in the draft plan would see Casino soccer relocate from Colley Park to the redeveloped Queen Elizabeth Park complex, while option two would also see construction of tennis courts on the site.

Option one, estimated to cost about $10.5 million, proposes to establish a dedicated cricket, AFL and greyhound hub within what is currently Queen Elizabeth parks No 1 and No 2 and retain the existing archery field on the riverbank.

Option one also proposes the construction of a regional stadium for rugby league, soccer and athletics which would include a new 800-seat grandstand.

Option one also proposed the construction of four cricket practice nets.

Option two, estimated to cost about $12 million, is similar to option one but also incorporates tennis courts at the expense of one of the shared junior cricket-junior rugby league fields.

Richmond Valley Council general manager Brian Wilkinson admitted the council does not have the money at present to complete either of the two redevelopment options.

The draft master plan is on public exhibition at council offices in Casino and Evans Head for three weeks. It can also be viewed on council's website, http://www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au and search for Queen Elizabeth Park. Submissions will be accepted until 4pm on August 3.



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