Council poised to give grandstand the green light
  • Wednesday 28 April 2010

A final Council decision is imminent on the construction of a 1,000 seat grandstand at Stockland Park, with Sunshine Coast Council agreeing to recommend proceeding with the project and accepting a tender.

That decision needs to be ratified at Thursday’s Ordinary Meeting and divisional councillor Keryn Jones said she was confident that would occur.

Cr Jones said she was absolutely delighted with the recommendation endorsed at Council’s General Committing meeting today which, when ratified, would ensure work would begin on stage one of the stadium within months.

“This has been an intense process and there have been many highs and lows but at long last Council can say it will be providing a much-needed facility for the Sunshine Coast community,” Cr Jones said.

“The grandstand is much more than just 1,000 comfortable undercover seats for patrons," she said.

“It will include state standard player change rooms, medical and anti-doping rooms, media and coaches boxes and other game day and event management facilities, along with public toilets and canteen facilities that will also serve events at Lake Kawana.”

Mayor Bob Abbot said stage one would deliver the heart of the future stadium, allowing for further expansion down the track.

Cr Abbot said the new grandstand would also incorporate environmentally sustainable design features including energy efficiencies, underground water tanks and waste recycling during the construction phase.

He said subject to the final sign off by Council on Thursday, construction of the $10 million grandstand would commence before 30 June, 2010, and be ready for use by 30 April, 2011.

The project is being jointly funded with the Commonwealth Government providing $5 million through its Better Regions program.

The previous Caloundra City Council set aside $5 million dollars from the proceeds of the sale of Corbould Park for the express purpose of providing sporting infrastructure in the former Caloundra area.