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Cairns basketball expands with sod-turn on new sports sciences building

Cairns basketball expands with sod-turn on new sports sciences building

Published:18 December 2017

CQUniversity has provided almost $1 million towards the expansion of Cairns Basketball, including a new training facility to deliver the Bachelor of Sports Science. The sod was turned on the construction on 18 December.

CQUniversity’s commitment to basketball Cairns has been boosted with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman joining Cairns Taipans players and Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch to turn the sod on the construction of a new building that will expand Cairns Basketball.

CQUniversity, which is the naming-rights sponsor of the Cairns Taipans, has contributed close to $1 million towards the $3 million project, which will include a new basketball court and a new teaching facility for the delivery of the CQUni’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences course. The Commonwealth Government has also invested $1.5 million into the project.

Associate Vice-Chancellor Cairns and Far North Queensland Jodie Duignan-George said the sod-turn signified the importance of sports education in the region.

“CQUniversity has always had a vision to establish a sports science teaching facility where our courses would be closely associated with a professional sporting team,” she said.

“The new facilities will provide CQUni’s Sports Sciences students with a unique learning opportunity.”

Cairns Basketball President Mark Beecroft said he was thrilled to see the expansion come to fruition.

“This couldn’t have happened without the support of CQUniversity, MP Warren Entsch, the Federal Government and the Cairns Basketball Management Committee and staff,” Mr Beecroft said.

“The wider sporting community in Cairns is looking forward to seeing the upgraded facilities as part of the overall expansion plans for the precinct,” Mr Beecroft said.

Mr Entsch said the expansion was much needed to meet the needs of the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans, junior and senior basketball teams and local community groups.

“The venue in its current state is not big enough or suitably equipped and teams have to hire other training venues because Cairns Basketball courts have exceeded capacity,” Mr Entsch said.

“Expanding Cairns Basketball facilities will help Cairns Basketball officials to grow the sport at a grassroots level for boys and girls teams, indigenous youth, and disability groups including the reinstatement of the very successful Midnight Basketball program.”

Construction is expected to be completed by March 2018.