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Sports Precinct announcement a ground-breaking moment for CQUni in Mackay

Sports Precinct announcement a ground-breaking moment for CQUni in Mackay

Published:13 November 2017

Construction on the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct, which will feature three heated pools and a synthetic athletics track, will begin in a matter of weeks.

The starter’s pistol has been fired on the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct, with Mackay Regional Council recently awarding the tender for construction of Stages 1A and 1B of the project at CQUni Mackay’s Ooralea Campus.

CQUni's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region, Professor Pierre Viljoen, said the project had been in CQUni’s pipeline for about five years.

“It’s certainly been a labour of love and we are thrilled to see it now shovel-ready with construction due to commence in a matter of weeks,” he said.

Included in this initial stage will be a FINA (Federation Internationanale De Natation) standard aquatics facility and an IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) standard athletics facility.

The Mackay Regional Sports Precinct will feature three pools – a 50-metre (10-lane) competition pool, a 25-metre (six-lane) lap pool, a covered 15-metre learn-to-swim pool – and a synthetic athletics track, internal sports field, an athletics building, and change facilities.

The Australian Government and Mackay Regional Council have each contributed $10 million to the project, and CQUniversity has contributed 12 hectares of its land at Ooralea.

Council recently, however, committed an additional $3.69 million (from its Capital Works Budget) to fund a handful of extras including a solar system (to help offset power costs for the pools), hard shade sails over the 25-metre and 15-metre pools, extra car parks, an athletics storage shed, landscaping, irrigation, pool heating, pool covers, cleaners and touchpads.

“A grassed space at the entry of the aquatics facility will also be incorporated to accommodate a future splashpad,” Mayor Greg Williamson said.

Professor Viljoen wholeheartedly thanked everyone involved in the project to date and applauded Council’s additional support for the project.

“I’m also excited to report that I’ve already spoken with investors keen to contribute funds towards further expansion stages of the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct,” he said.

“This iconic facility will provide short-term employment benefits, long-term community benefits for our region’s sporting youth.

“It will play a crucial role in attracting international students, and it will allow us to expand the teaching and research capabilities of our university.”

More details on the sports precinct here.