Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct – including Olympic standard facilities

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Redland City Council is advancing an exciting new Olympic standard whitewater facility proposal for Redlands Coast, Queensland and Australia.

The whitewater facility would be part of the proposed integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct.

The new facility would be a unique addition to sport and recreation facilities on Redlands Coast, and a potential event venue for canoe slalom for a proposed Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Providing inspiration for future Olympic and emerging adventure sports champions, and facilities for an active and healthy community, the whitewater venue would be a special opportunity to create new locally based youth employment and professional skills.

An integrated precinct

The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct is proposed to include the foundation elements of:

  • Aquatic recreation facilities, including a lake, water play course/park and a beach area
  • Olympic standard public aquatic centre with a FINA world championship level 50m pool
  • Olympic standard canoe slalom course
  • Emergency services uses, including:
    1. Swift water rescue training facility using the whitewater course
    2. Potential for co-location of integrated emergency services facilities
    3. Emergency services education and training facilities, including specialist training

Expanded integrated precinct amenities could include:

  • Adventure sports (including XSports activities) such as skateboarding, rock climbing and zip lines, with potential to host other competitions, events and festivals based in these aligned sports
  • Activities that would add to the social, cultural, economic and community benefits that a precinct approach would bring. For example, E-games, X-Games /national competitions, extreme obstacle course competitions, drone racing and ninja course
  • Other sport and recreation uses, such as walking routes, cycle ways, orienteering and bird watching
  • Natural amphitheatre
  • Global eco-tourism (cultural and natural environment) opportunities
  • Corporate opportunities
  • Social enterprise opportunities
  • Car parking for facilities

Legacy benefits

The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and a potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games would enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure

Based on whitewater examples worldwide, the whitewater facility could contribute at least $20 million annually to the Redlands Coast economy over 20 years.

When co-located with other aquatic, sport, recreation and emergency rescue training, such as high ropes, rock climbing and an aquatic centre, the economic benefit of the whitewater facilities climbs to an annual additional average contribution of $50 million into our local economy and 150 full-time jobs.

A major boost for the Redlands Coast whitewater facility are the important partnerships between Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and professional emergency service providers, whose future access for emergency training and education would help augment long-term value of the facility.

The whitewater facility would form a key addition to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, which already encompasses tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal canoeing culture, approximately 335km of coastline and 400km of recreation trails.

What is canoe slalom?

The sport of canoe slalom, in which competitors in canoes and kayaks navigate a series of whitewater rapid challenges, was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water but later switched to whitewater rapids. In canoe slalom the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through rapids.

Canoe slalom made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games. Slalom racing was not competed again in the Olympic Games until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Canoe slalom racers compete in four events, three for men and one for women, over the same course.

Have your say

Could Birkdale Community Precinct be the future home for the city's proposed adventure sports precinct?

Council is currently inviting the community to help shape the vision for Birkdale Community Precinct, and is seeking your ideas for its future uses.

Visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/imagine and tell us what you think. Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Redland City Council is advancing an exciting new Olympic standard whitewater facility proposal for Redlands Coast, Queensland and Australia.

The whitewater facility would be part of the proposed integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct.

The new facility would be a unique addition to sport and recreation facilities on Redlands Coast, and a potential event venue for canoe slalom for a proposed Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Providing inspiration for future Olympic and emerging adventure sports champions, and facilities for an active and healthy community, the whitewater venue would be a special opportunity to create new locally based youth employment and professional skills.

An integrated precinct

The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct is proposed to include the foundation elements of:

  • Aquatic recreation facilities, including a lake, water play course/park and a beach area
  • Olympic standard public aquatic centre with a FINA world championship level 50m pool
  • Olympic standard canoe slalom course
  • Emergency services uses, including:
    1. Swift water rescue training facility using the whitewater course
    2. Potential for co-location of integrated emergency services facilities
    3. Emergency services education and training facilities, including specialist training

Expanded integrated precinct amenities could include:

  • Adventure sports (including XSports activities) such as skateboarding, rock climbing and zip lines, with potential to host other competitions, events and festivals based in these aligned sports
  • Activities that would add to the social, cultural, economic and community benefits that a precinct approach would bring. For example, E-games, X-Games /national competitions, extreme obstacle course competitions, drone racing and ninja course
  • Other sport and recreation uses, such as walking routes, cycle ways, orienteering and bird watching
  • Natural amphitheatre
  • Global eco-tourism (cultural and natural environment) opportunities
  • Corporate opportunities
  • Social enterprise opportunities
  • Car parking for facilities

Legacy benefits

The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and a potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games would enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure

Based on whitewater examples worldwide, the whitewater facility could contribute at least $20 million annually to the Redlands Coast economy over 20 years.

When co-located with other aquatic, sport, recreation and emergency rescue training, such as high ropes, rock climbing and an aquatic centre, the economic benefit of the whitewater facilities climbs to an annual additional average contribution of $50 million into our local economy and 150 full-time jobs.

A major boost for the Redlands Coast whitewater facility are the important partnerships between Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and professional emergency service providers, whose future access for emergency training and education would help augment long-term value of the facility.

The whitewater facility would form a key addition to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, which already encompasses tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal canoeing culture, approximately 335km of coastline and 400km of recreation trails.

What is canoe slalom?

The sport of canoe slalom, in which competitors in canoes and kayaks navigate a series of whitewater rapid challenges, was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water but later switched to whitewater rapids. In canoe slalom the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through rapids.

Canoe slalom made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games. Slalom racing was not competed again in the Olympic Games until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Canoe slalom racers compete in four events, three for men and one for women, over the same course.

Have your say

Could Birkdale Community Precinct be the future home for the city's proposed adventure sports precinct?

Council is currently inviting the community to help shape the vision for Birkdale Community Precinct, and is seeking your ideas for its future uses.

Visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/imagine and tell us what you think. Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.