Kicking goals in Mackay

Media Release


12 March 2016

Joint release with:

Jason Costigan

Queensland Member for Whitsunday

Deirdre Comerford

Mayor of Mackay Regional Council

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Football Mackay has unveiled its new home, with supporters gathering today for the official opening of Mackay Football Park at Glenella.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government provided $1 million towards the $4.6 million Mackay and Regional Football Zone—Relocation of Facilities and Playing Fields project.

“Through the Community Development Grants Programme the Australian Government is providing almost $350 million to community projects, like this one, across the country,” Senator Nash said.

“The Australian Government is committed to funding community projects that have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities.

“Projects like this encourage community interest in sports, as well as active, healthy and socially inclusive lifestyles.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen joined the local community today for the official opening and said that soccer had been experiencing steady growth in the local region, with numbers increasing each year.

“We have approximately 1500 junior and 600 senior registered players in the local region,” Mr Christensen said.

“The new facilities will enable Mackay to host regional, state and national level carnivals and championships, social modified football, futsal and beach football competitions.

“With the growing trend of soccer nationally, access to a facility such as this is critical.”

Queensland Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said project works included the construction of a new clubhouse with office space, a function room and player amenities.

“Two international size soccer fields were also constructed, along with a 100-space car park and bus parking area,” Mr Costigan said.

“It is estimated that eight full-time jobs were created during the construction phase and three ongoing full time job opportunities are now available, offering an important economic boost to the community.”

Mayor of Mackay Regional Council Deirdre Comerford said the ability of the three levels of government to work together needed to be acknowledged in delivering such projects.

“Council contributed $2.3 million towards associated infrastructure for the new Glenella site,” Cr Comerford said.

“This is in addition to the $1 million from the Australian Government, $1 million from the Queensland Government's NQBP and $300,000 from Football Mackay.

“The old Barbour Park facility was just under five hectares and the new site is 17 hectares, while the number of fields has grown from 10 to up to 25 fields.

The project was funded by the Australian Government contributing $1 million, the Queensland State Government (NQBP) $1million, Mackay Regional Council $2.3 million and the Mackay and Regional Football Zone Incorporated $300,000.