Ball rolling on $24.2m sports arena development
The Great Barrier Reef Arena development is expected to support 80 jobs during construction and cement the city’s place as a national destination for AFL and cricket.
Stage one of the project starting now is jointly funded by the State Government ($10 million), Australian Government ($10 million) and Mackay Cricket Association ($4.2 million).
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the project would deliver a new covered grandstand, facilities for elite players, match officials and broadcast TV crews, plus room for an extra 10,000 spectators.
“Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Arena precinct development includes the North Stand – a two-level grandstand with nearly 2000 undercover seats,” she said.
“With six sporting ovals, broadcast quality lighting, change rooms, and function facilities, Harrup Park is primed for a game-changing development.
“These works, in partnership with the Australian Government and Mackay Cricket Association, will create an international standard sporting venue capable of hosting major national and international games and carnivals.
“The venue has just wrapped up three hugely successful women’s One Day Internationals between Australia and India, so imagine what we can do once the redevelopment is complete.”
Ms Gilbert said completion of stage one was expected late next year and would also include new food outlets, toilets and change rooms, and a community events precinct.
“This will also be a fantastic venue for major sporting events, community cultural events, gatherings and concerts for use all year round,” Ms Gilbert said.
Stage two of the Great Barrier Reef Arena development is in planning and is expected to include a gym, community sport training facilities, room for regional sport programs and high-performance training capacity, which will be an asset in the leadup to the Brisbane 2032 Games.
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