Fraser Coast Regional Council has begun work to more than double the number of car parking spots available at its popular Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct.
Councillor Darren Everard said the sports precinct was providing locals with access to high-quality sporting fields and helping to attract events which bring more visitors to the region.
“It’s now three years since the sports precinct opened and it’s been heartening to see how the new facilities have been embraced,” he said.
“Work has now started on another 170 carparks on top of the existing 146 carparks.
“The new carparks are part of the works included in the master plan and will cater for the growing number of sporting groups now using facilities at the precinct.”
Four codes now call the precinct home – netball, OzTag, football and cycling.
Cr Everard said the precinct had hosted exhibition matches between visiting state teams and local sides, as well as state carnivals such as the Queensland schools’ rugby union under 15 boys’ championships in July.
“The extra carparks will come in handy when the Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup is underway or when exhibition matches, like the game between Queensland’s premier football team, the Brisbane Roar and a Wide Bay All Stars team,” he said.
“About 3,500 spectators turned out to watch the recent Brisbane Roar game, which is up on the year before.
“Developing the precinct is a long-term project that will build facilities for the growing Fraser Coast.”
Local company, Grand Civil, has been awarded the $1.5 million contract to complete the carpark works.
“The work is fully funded by a grant under Phase Two of the Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program,” Cr Everard said.
It is anticipated that the work will take four months to complete.