High hopes for Stockland Park commitment
  • Friday 06 March 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council has this week provided further information to the State Government to supplement its submission for funding to build the Stockland Park grandstand.

The documents were sent to the Deputy Director General of Sport, following last month’s meeting between State and Council representatives to discuss the grandstand proposal.

Council and the Federal Government have both pledged $5 million towards the project, which needs a further $5 million to proceed.

The State Government had requested further information before making a decision on whether it would agree to the funding request.

Council has since assembled and forwarded a range of existing documents, together with information about the impact on other local sporting venues and details about governance.

Local councillor Keryn Jones said the Department of Sport now had all relevant information to determine the merits of council’s submission and she was optimistic about its response.

“The region is ready for a facility of this nature and it will also help boost the local economy and create jobs,” Cr Jones said.

After the success of last weekend’s rugby league match between the Storm and the Broncos, I think it is clear the Sunshine Coast residents would embrace a permanent grandstand on this site.

“With the state election looming we have provided detailed briefing material to the major parties and local candidates.

“We are hopeful a commitment will be made soon – possibly even prior to the poll on March 21.”

Managing Director of Stockland Park, John Kelly, said the site was a $50 million sports asset, which included a national-standard multi-purpose sports oval with the best playing surface in the State outside Brisbane.

Mr Kelly said the grandstand was a much-needed addition to a facility catering for a growing population and this design allowed for future expansion down the track.

“The proposed grandstand would have approximately 1300 covered seats and features state-of-the art facilities for players and spectators,” Mr Kelly said.

“It would also cater for spectators who turn out to watch major sporting events on Lake Kawana, where we have the only rowing course in South East Queensland that meets Olympic standards.

“The funding commitments we’ve received from Council and the Federal Government were made on the basis that this project proceeds on this site and we are hopeful the state government recognises the regional significance of this facility.”