Capricorn Coast sporting clubs now have a place to call home
TANYA Burnett and her netball players haven't had a place to call home since 1981.
But in five months' time they will have a place they can call their own when stage two of the Barmaryee Multi-Sports Complex is completed and fully operational after Livingstone Shire Council received more than $800,000 from the State Government through the Get Playing Plus program.
Stage two of the $1.8 million project consists of 14 new netball courts (both sealed and grass), a shared multi-purpose amenities facility between the netball club and junior rugby league, as well as 110 additional car parks.
Tanya, the Capricorn Coast Netball Association president, said she burst into tears when she heard they were successful in receiving the money.
"We haven't had a home of our own since 1981 and we've had to rent facilities throughout Yeppoon to be able to conduct our fixtures so to be able to have our own place where kids can train and play each week, well it's hard to put into words," she said.
"I did burst into tears when I heard we got the money because I know how much it means to all of us and the players. The looks on the kids' faces when they came out here yesterday said it all.
"This facility allows us to grow more; we're bursting at the seams where we are now so it allows for that growth."
Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said the new facility had a five, 10 and 15-year expansion plan which would enable the Capricorn Coast to host regional, state and, hopefully, national titles.
"I'm so delighted we've been able to get such a great partnership with the State Government to deliver the next stage. Brittany (Lauga) has done a great job getting us the money," Cr Ludwig said.
"We're already focusing on stages three, four, five and six because with the growth of sport, Central Queensland and the exceptional growth of the Capricorn Coast, these facilities are going to be essential. The earthworks are substantially underway and we look to be fully operational by the end of March, early April.
"In 2004 the State Government said to all councils in Queensland that they wanted to see an aggregation for sports and Livingstone embraced that. It's been a long journey and a planned journey but once this section is complete you'll probably have a cohort of about 2000 sportsmen, women and young people using these facilities every week."