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Whitsunday Regional Council today confirmed St Catherine’s Catholic School Campus Oval in Marathon Street as the preferred Recreational Vehicle site for Proserpine.
St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School is vacating the Marathon Street site at the end of this year and moving to the new St Catherine’s Catholic College Campus in Renwick Street.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said he and Deputy Mayor John Collins had held talks to explore all options to develop an RV facility in Proserpine.
“As part of Council’s community consultation to develop the Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan last year, a priority element was the desire to see an RV site established in Proserpine,” he said.
“Council undertook extensive analysis of preferred options including the proposed Wilmar site, the old Shell Service Station, the Proserpine Showgrounds and the oval at the rear of St Catherine’s School Marathon Street campus.
“After talking with relevant stakeholders and doing our due diligence it was clear that the best site was the St Catherine’s School oval which the school will be vacating at the end of this year,” Mayor Willcox said.
“The due diligence undertaken included site set-up costs, ease of entry in and out of sites, proximity to Proserpine Main Street to maximise local business activation and site safety.”
Deputy Mayor John Collins said the Marathon Street Oval ticked all the boxes.
“It’s central, it has easy access off the highway and the area is in a safe precinct.
“With the recent opening of the new water park, the Main Street upgrade to start soon and plans for improved facilities at Lake Proserpine we are positioning Proserpine as the perfect detour for the drive market,” he said.
CEO Barry Omundson will now seek the necessary approvals, including appropriate design parameters and suitable commercial arrangement, before bringing a detailed report back to Council.