RESIDENTS NEED TO BE HEARD ON TOOWOOMBA STADIUM PROPOSAL
Residents must be consulted on the proposal to redevelop the Clive Berghofer Stadium in East Toowoomba.
The federal budget earlier this month allocated funding for the redevelopment of Toowoomba Stadium in consultation with the State Government, ahead of the Olympics.
Little detail is available for residents and local member for Groom, Garth Hamilton is calling for all levels of government to consider the impacts on the local community.
Mr Hamilton said it was critical that residents in and around the stadium have their say on the proposal.
“Last week, I was doorknocking in East Toowoomba and many residents were unaware of the proposal, for those that did know – they said they were concerned about congestion, noise and parking.
“Unfortunately for residents, there are many unanswered questions in relation to the development proposal other than, ‘it is coming’.
“I urge all levels of governments to consider the views of residents, incorporate that into any plans and mitigate the impacts,” Mr Hamilton said.
The Queensland Government’s Olympic Games website notes the stadium will have a capacity of 15,0001 for the games.
Mr Hamilton said he did not oppose investment in the city, or even upgrades to the existing site – but he wanted to make sure residents were heard.
“New investment in community infrastructure for Toowoomba is welcome, but we need to get that investment right and make sure it is sustainable.
“As with any development it can support our local economy, create jobs, and help businesses. That investment should not adversely harm the rights of residents to enjoy their homes,” Mr Hamilton said.
“I am consulting with my community to understand their concerns and urge all interested residents to have their say on my website,” Mr Hamilton said.