Mackay Multi-sport Facility Off and Running

Courtesy of  11/12/2012

Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas today visited Candlestick Park with Mackay Basketball's General Manager Joel Khalu, to inspect the progress of Mackay's newest multi-sport facility.

Funded under the Australian Government's Community Infrastructure Grants program, the redevelopment of Candlestick Park will include up to three multi-purpose courts, upgrades to team rooms, canteen and bar areas. The upgrades will also include better access facilities for people with disability.

Senator McLucas said that up to $6 million in funding for the substantial upgrade to the facility was announced in the 2010 election campaign.

"Nearly $700,000 was allocated earlier this year for stage one of the project, which was completed in September and included the survey and geotechnical investigations as well as the appointment of Hutchinson Builders as the successful contractor.

"The project is expected to provide ten new jobs during construction and three ongoing positions on completion.

"Once completed Mackay can look forward to hosting State and National championships and elite competitions in basketball, netball and futsal.

"The new and improved facilities will mean an expansion of youth and Indigenous programs and cater to wheelchair athletes who play basketball and rugby."

Joel Khalu said Mackay Basketball was pleased with the progress at Candlestick Park and are anticipating a good season of basketball and other sport

"It's great for our community to see that construction work is well underway and there's definitely a huge sense of excitement," said Mr Khalu.

Stage 2 is due for completion in June 2013 and will involve the construction of new facilities as well as the insertion of a new sports floor and the installation of new sporting equipment.

"Mackay people love their sport and this upgrade will certainly encourage more people to join in and enjoy the benefits of regular exercise and getting together to cheer on their family and friends," Senator McLucas said.

"The upgraded facility will attract more people to the area which will inject money into local businesses, clubs, accommodation and transport providers ensuring the economic and social sustainability of the facility."


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