Bundaberg Region Athletics Facility

Construction Update - New Netball Facility

Twelve new netball courts, clubhouse and car parking have been constNew Netball Facilities Completedructed at the Bundaberg Super Park.

The new location will provide flood free facilities and support growth of the sport in the Bundaberg region.  The Department of National parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing provided $2 Million to deliver this new netball facility.  The netball facility will be ready for the 2015 Netball Season. 

The complex offers:

  • new clubhouse facilities;
  • 12 synthetic surface courts (with lighting for night playing); and
  • 30 car parks and 1 disabled  car park.

 

 

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   New Netball Courts Completed
Update December 2012 - Completion 

Located at the Bundaberg Super Park on Enid Ethel Drive, the Athletics complex is the only full synthetic surface facility between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.  It is expected the complex, while primarily servicing the region's athletic stakeholders, will attract significant events and activities from further afield.


 

This new facility was constructed by a local contractor, Murchie Constructions and Sports Technology International.  The complex will be operated by the Bundaberg Athletics Club under a management contract with Bundaberg Regional Council.  The Club is expected to be operating from the new facility early in the new year, with individuals, clubs and schools able to hire the facility via  booking process managed directly with the Club on telephone 0403 320 818 or by email - bundabergathleticclub@gmail.com 

Council expects to receive International Association Federations Class Two Certification for this facility in the near future. 

The complex includes:

Spurtan BV sandwich synthetic track and field system
2 separate double ended long/triple jump approaches
8 lane 400 metre track 
1 full synthetic 'D' high jump fan with javelin approach
10 lane front straight with 113 metre extension for 110 metre hurdles
1 synthetic high jump approach
8 lane back straight with 103 metre extension for 100 metre events
Night time field lighting
Steeple and water jump
Clubhouse with male/female amenities
3 shot put circles
Car/bus parking
2 discuss/hammer cages
Storage sheds
1 double ended synthetic pole vault approach
Perimeter fencing

The construction estimate of approximately $3.5 million was expanded during delivery in response to site conditions and was supported by $1.5million from the Australian Government through the Community Infrastructure Grants Programme.

Council hopes to hold the official opening of the new venue in February 2013 to coincide with the Regional Championships for the Central Coast division of Little Athletics Queensland. 

Update November 2012

Works on the athletics facility are progressing with the clubhouse fitout expected to be finalised by mid November. All preparation asphalt surfaces have been finalised with the final synthetic surface material to be installed in the coming month.  Council has entered into a Management Contract with the Bundaberg Athletics Club for facility operation in conjunction with an advisory committee of various stakeholders which will be formed in the near future.


 
Preparing long jumps and track for synthetic surface 
  Initial framing of the equestrian arena roof

In progressing the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, Council must first relocate the existing athletics facility from adjacent to the Agrotrend grounds to the new 'Super Park' site on Enid Ethel Drive.  As the existing athletics facility comprises a variety of standards, including a grass track and some synthetic surfaces, an opportnity exists to capitilise on the relocation by upgrading infrastructure to construct a full synthetic surface athletics facility with permanent regional level auxiliary infrastructure.

This will enable certification for International Association of Athletics Federation (IAFF) records and will provide for:

  • greater community usage with higher skill level development
  • addressing healthy/active lifestyle issues
  • significant opportunities for those with disabilities
  • generate appeal of the region for competitors to live, train and compete locally as the only facility of its standard between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville; and
  • attract significantly more events from athletics bodies (junior & senior), schools, disabled groups and Masters events.

Assessments have indicated the overall economic benefit for the region from events attraction will be several million dollars each year.

With funding assistance from the Australian Government's Community Infrastructure Grants programme the athletics track and field infrastructure will be supported by a clubhouse, sports lighting, electrical supply, access road, car parking, sewer, water, storage shed, irrigation and fencing.  Construction of the facility commenced March 2012 and is due for completion in October 2012. 

While a Masterplan for the overall 'Super Park' site has been developed, only the athletics facility has been committed for construction at this stage.  Other uses may be provided over the coming years as resources and partnership funding becomes available.

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