Sports fields needed, but no Dung, thanks

WHILE she is happy Byron Shire Council is not going ahead with an investigation into developing sports fields at Dung Oval, Billinudgel, Jan Mangleson is still frustrated with the lack of sporting facilities in the north of the shire.
Mrs Mangleson, the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) president and a former councillor, said council had spent a lot of money and had prepared at least half a dozen reports on developing sports at Ocean Shores.
 She said the community had never recovered from the loss of Lot 107 Shara Boulevard, Ocean Shores, which was to have been converted into sports fields in 2006, but did not go ahead because the site was sold by council to the Roads and Traffic Authority.
“While I believe the Dung Oval site is not suitable for many reasons including flooding, Ocean Shores needs its own sports fields within its own community,” Mrs Mangleson said.
“Kids who play sport have to travel everywhere. They just want to play sport in their home territory.”
OSCA is now investigating a site adjacent to the Ocean Shores Primary School at the end of Shara Bvd which Mrs Mangleson said would be most suitable for sports fields.
She said council owned a 20-metre wide road alongside the site which had a boundary with the Billinudgel Nature Reserve.
“We could build two sports fields and netball courts,” Mrs Mangleson said.
“Council could do a land swap with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the school then wouldn’t have to bus kids out of the area for to play sport elsewhere.
“There would of course be a management plan to look after and conserve any sensitive areas within the reserve and these areas could be regenerated and protected.
“The fields could also act as a fire buffer zone for the school.”
At its meeting last week, council staff had recommended that council abandon any proposal to develop Dung Oval for sports fields.
Following discussion on the issue, with the moving of an amendment and a foreshadowed motion, council finally resolved to note the report on Dung Oval.

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