Sunshine Coast cricket’s new field of dreams
  • Tuesday 24 March 2015
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Several Sunshine Coast sporting groups will be playing on a smoother surface in Buderim this year, thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s construction of a $675,000 high performance sporting field at Ballinger Park Sports Complex.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, who joined Councillor Christian Dickson for the new field’s official opening today, said it was part of Council’s Ballinger Park Sports Complex Master Plan and was funded through the $111 million Capital Works Program.

“Providing quality sporting facilities is vital to ensure our community can maintain the healthy active lifestyle so many of us enjoy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This top-notch field includes a cricket pitch and allows our local clubs, such as Buderim Cricket Club, to get the most out of their training and competitions.

“Developing more opportunities for sport and active recreation boosts health, wellbeing and social cohesion and helps create a sustainable community – which in turn supports our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.

“This new field is one of many improvements Council will make to Ballinger Park Sports Complex over the coming years.”

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the high standard sports field would be used year-round.

“The construction method used provides a very high standard surface, which was recently tested in the deluge from ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia and was suitable for use the day after flood waters receded,” Cr Dickson said.

“The quality of this field and its associated infrastructure will allow the community to get the most of it for many years to come.

“The sporting field has been constructed with an organic sand profile, subsoil drainage, automatic irrigation system and a synthetic cricket pitch surface.”

Cr Dickson said Council would also start construction on a new turning lane at an entrance to the Ballinger Park Sports Complex this month.

“As part of Council’s commitment to this sports complex we’re upgrading the intersection at the soccer fields, which includes a turning lane and additional 1.4m wide cycle lanes on both sides of Ballinger Road,” Cr Dickson said.

“This road upgrade will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion for users of the sports complex and other Ballinger Road motorists.”