Multi-use Sports and Community Centre (Multiplex) - Redevelopment of Old Bundaberg Showgrounds

Bundaberg Region Multi-use Sports and Community Centre
Proudly funded by the Queensland Government in association with Bundaberg Regional Council
Stage One - Project Update - March 2017

Stage One was constructed at a cost of $14.5 million and will be the new home for local PCYC activities.  The 3 court sports hall is available for hire to sporting/community and other groups.  Please contact your local PCYC on telephone 41542813 to arrange bookings.

This new facility will also serve as an evacuation centre in times of natural disasters.



Stage Two - Project Update - March 2017

Local contractor, Murchie Constructions has established on site and commenced earthworks in prepartion for construction of Stage Two.

Concrete tilt panels and blade columns have been poured this month.



Stage One - Project Update - December 2016

The project is nearing completion with finalising painting, floor coverings and internal finishes.  As a result of some delays experienced on site, it is anticipated to be completed in January 2017.

Stage Two - Project Update - December 2016

Council has completed evaluation of all tenders and the successful tenderer has now been engaged and awarded the contract.  The contract was awarded to local contractor, Murchie Constructions.  Construction of Stage Two is planned for commencement in early 2017.

Project Update - November 2016

Project Update - Stage 2 to Start

Council has received a funding offer of $5 Million under the Queensland Government's Building our Region Fund and a further $5 Million from the Australian Government's Community Development Grants Program to construct Stage 2 of the Multi-Use  Sports and Community Centre (Multiplex).  Council plans to announce a successful tender bid for construction of Stage 2 before Christmas 2016.  Stage 2 will include includes a 1500 m2 sports/civic hall, function rooms, commercial kitchen, landscaping and a café, which provide the missing features from Stage 1 that transform this facility into the Wide Bay's premier venue for sporting, community and business related events. The independent Cost Benefit Analysis estimates this project will create a total of 87.7 FTEs in the Bundaberg LGA during construction and a total of 36.6 FTEs through ongoing indirect tourism expenditure.

Project Update - October 2016

Current Works in Progress:

  • External and internal electrical, mechanical and hydraulic services being fitted out with the commencement of testing and commissioning.
  • Internal and external painting in progress.
  • Colour bond wall cladding and roof sheeting installation is in progress. 
  • Landscaping works have commenced.
  • Floor coverings are in progress, including sports flooring to three court sports area. 
  • Internal/External doors and hardware, including roller shutters are in progress.

Completed Works:

  • The main structural framework of the building is complete with concrete slabs, tilt panels, masonry block work and structural steel framing all finalised. 
  • Civil works to carpark and internal roads complete inclusive of asphalt, linemarking and signage. 
  • External concrete paths and slabs are complete
  • Aluminium windows and metal louvres are now complete.
  • External shed and fire tanks including pump shed are complete.



Project Update - September 2016

Completed Works:

The main structural framework of the building has been completed.  Concrete slabs, tilt panels, masonry block work and structural steel framing are all finalised.

Works in Progress:

  • External and internal electrical, mechanical and hydraulic services being fitted out
  • Internal and external painting in progress
  • External concrete paths and slabs in progress in conjunction with civil works to carpark and internal roads.
  • Aluminium windows and metal louvres along with colour bond wall cladding and roof sheeting installation is in progress, completing the fabric of the building.

Project Update - August 2016

As a result of weather and other construction delays, progress on site is currently behind schedule.  Mitigation strategies have been implemented to bring works back on schedule. Progress to date:

  • Structural Steel works, concrete tilt panels and masonry block work are complete.
  • Roof sheeting complete with flashings and guttering to be installed.
  • Internal and External wall and floor finishes have commenced. 
  • Civil works to carpark and internal roads is ongoing.
  • Fit out for internal and external services have commenced. 

Project Update - July 2016


Progress in well underway with all exterior walls now in place.  The majority of the roof sheeting is installed.  Internal trades are commencing
fit out.



Civil works are being undertaken by local contractor, Devcon with structural steel being provided by Caneland Engineering.



Project Update - June 2016

Project Update - May 2016
Project Update - April 2016

Oasis Constructions commenced on site on the 8 February 2016 utilising local suppliers for the site construction fencing and site accommodation.  Local civil contractor, Devcon commenced the bulk earthworks and building pad on the 16 February 2016.

Work is currently in progress with local contractors, Livingston Low Electrical and Baldwin Plumbing installing external services to the building and car park.  Concrete is being poured to the bored piers, pad footings and tilt panels.  Work offsite is also in progress with local contractor, Caneland Engineering fabricating the structural steel.

Works are still on track to be completed by the end of October, 2016.



Construction starts on the new Multi-use Sports & Community Centre

The Bundaberg Region's Mayor and Councillors joined State Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson in a sod turning ceremony on the 5 February 2016 to mark the start of construction of the Multi-use Sports and Community Centre.

Work will begin on the multi-use centre following the Queensland Government's decision late last year to grant $5 million towards the facility through the Building Our Regions fund.  The $14.5 million centre, being developed on the site of the former Bundaberg Showgrounds, would play a vital role in the community.   The new centre will provide facilities for PCYC to offer a broad range of sports activities, youth programs, school age care and fitness options; as well as host various community events.  In times of natural disasters, the centre will be used as a major evacuation centre. 

As well as incorporating community meeting rooms, kitchen and canteen facilities, the centre will include a three court sports precinct, gymnastics hall and areas for exercise and group fitness. These facilities will help to increase physical activity, improve health outcomes and promote community participation in regional events.

The successful tenderer for construction of the new centre is Oasis Construction and local contractors are being sourced for a range of requirements including but not limited to civil works; concrete supply and labour; reinforcement supply; metal work; roofing works; joinery; painting; plumbing; and electrical works.

The Bundaberg Region Multi-use Sports and Community Centre is scheduled for completion by the end of October, 2016.

Sod Turning Ceremony   Councillors and Leanne Donaldson at Sod Turning Ceremony
Bundaberg Region Multi-use Sports and Community Centre (Multiplex):

Part of the redevelopment of the old showgrounds includes the construction of a multipurpose community and sporting facility.  When the PCYC building was purchased by the State Government for educational purposes, Council resolved to relocate the PCYC organisation to the former showgrounds for inclusion in this proposed multi-purpose building. To partially fund this significant capital investment, Council rationalised its existing assets and disposed of Norville Hall.  Users of the Civic Centre will be able to access the new multi-purpose facility.

Council has recently accepted a tender from Oasis Constructions (Aust) for the construction of this multi purpose community and sports centre to be located at 1 Civic Avenue (newly formed street off Burrum Street, Bundaberg West).  The $15 Million facility will accommodate the PCYC, a three court arena, gymnastics hall, weight and cardio exercise area, group fitness area and food preparation facilities and will be used as a major evacuation centre during natural disasters.  Works are expected to commence in early 2016.  The Queensland Government has announced it willl contribute $5 Million towards the Multipurpose Facility under the Building our Regions program.


Relocation of the Bundaberg Show to the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct has presented a once in a generation opportunity to redevelop the former Bundaberg City Showgrounds.  A key component of preliminary investigations is the creation of a multi-purpose community building for public hall, sport and recreational uses coupled with significant parklands on the reserve land parcels.  The adjoining freehold parcel, while not operated under the Land Management Plan, is to provide the compatible use of inner city residential living with localised mixed use commercial activities.  A copy of the Land Management Plan for the former showgrounds site can be viewed here

This Land Management Plan outlines Council’s intent, as trustee, to develop the land and operate the site.  The draft documents were promoted to the wider community via static displays in the service centre, library and shopping centre with information flyer and feedback sheets, media releases, web-site information with on-line survey for community feedback and a public information session for the general public to examine the draft documents and have discussions with Councillors and Council officers. 

A report summarising the community feedback can be read here.  The majority of responses received indicate that the community concurs with Council’s intention to redevelop the site and that the overall Master Plan could facilitate the outcomes required.  Some of the more specific community comments can be accommodated within the proposed land uses if Council elects to advance the suggestions through subsequent planning and detailed investigations.  However, other suggestions would require significant changes to the Land Management Plan.  While the site has the potential to address a number of community identified strategies, it is important to note that various constraints and limitations are imposed on this reserve land and Council is unable to deliver all proposed uses put forward by the community.  For example, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines who represent the land owner, the Queensland Government has advised that a ‘Performing Arts Complex / Theatre’ could not be accommodated on this site as the land is reserved for ‘community’ purposes only.   The suggestion to ‘relocate flooded sporting facilities’ is restricted by the size of the site, its topography and historic land fill activities.  

Following the analysis of community feedback, further investigations and discussions have resulted in minor changes to the draft Land Management Plan to reflect a change to the Native Title wording (as requested by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines) and a larger conceptual multi-use building (subject to successful State and Federal Funding).  Council adopted this amended Land Management Plan at its recent Meeting held on 21 May 2013 and has now sought formal approval from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s 2013/14 Budget has provided $8 Million to commence design and survey of this site in accordance with the approved Land Management Plan.  Demolition and decommissioning of disused facilities are expected to be undertaken in this financial year.  Some other users not affected by the proposed new infrastructure will continue while consolidation and relocation of others may occur. The proposed project will be delivered in stages and it is proposed to commence construction in the 2014/15 financial year subject to available funding.

Civil works have been undertaken onsite and new streets have been constructed: Pyefinch Boulevard (accessed from Walker Street) and CivicAvenue (accessed from Burrum Street or Pyefinch Boulevard).

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