Hurrah for Harrup Park!

Media Release

JM017/2018

02 February 2018

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Greg Williamson

Mayor of Mackay Regional Council

  • Lighting upgrade completed at Harrup Park Premier Oval
  • Upgrade means oval now meets international competition standards
  • The Coalition Government invested $497,026 in the project

An extensive lighting upgrade to one of Australia’s oldest cricket grounds will enable the Harrup Park Premier Oval in Mackay to host national and international sporting events.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the installation of at least 50 additional lights to the oval’s four light towers means Harrup Park now meets the brightness standards required for competitive matches.

“Bringing this historic ground up to international standards will allow Harrup Park to host big sporting events which are proven earners for the community,” Dr McVeigh said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the upgrades were not only helping to preserve the past but were also key to Mackay’s future.

“The new lighting has already proved its worth with Harrup Park hosting the first Women’s Big Bash League cricket event just a few weeks ago and that was an outstanding success. Harrup Park Country Club, one of the country’s oldest cricketing institutions, will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year and the future looks bright as we get set to celebrate many more to come,” Mr Christensen said.

Mayor of Mackay Regional Council Greg Williamson said every cricket and AFL game held at Harrup will be putting dollars straight into Mackay, with each game projected to create between 20 to 100 temporary jobs.

“We also expect each national or international event to bring in around $400,000 to the regional economy. This is a fantastic result for the local community,” Cr Williamson said.

The Coalition Government invested $497,026 in the project, with the Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Cricket Association Inc. each contributing $250,000.