GROUNDWORK: The turning of the first sod, which happened in June.
GROUNDWORK: The turning of the first sod, which happened in June.

Sporting and recreation reserve project takes shape

AFTER 11 weeks of bulk earthworks on the Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve project in Emu Park, stages two, three and four will continue to take shape over the coming months.

This phase of works will see several components of the facility take its form; including two irrigated rugby league fields with full lighting, a multi-purpose amenities building complete with training, change and first-aid rooms, kiosk and storage facilities as well as an upgraded access road and car park.

The $4.75 million project for Emu Park has been jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council, state and federal governments and the Emu Park Community Bendigo Bank, to provide an opportunity for the local community to take part in a range of structured physical activities, as well as active recreation.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the significant works to progress the project had been completed, including contracts awarded for the bulk earthworks, electrical supply, geotechnical testing, turf and irrigation.

"Tenders are also being reviewed and finalised for the amenities building and pump shed, while tenders are being called for in regards to the civil works,” Cr Ludwig said.

"Council is proud to be part of bringing this shared vision of an all-inclusive multisport facility to fruition for the Emu Park community and surrounding areas, which wouldn't be possible without the substantive support of the state and federal government and community-minded businesses like Emu Park Community Bendigo Bank.

"It's also exciting for local clubs like Emu Park Rugby League, who will be the first to play on these grounds.”

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Capricorn Coast sporting community would benefit greatly from the facility.

"This project will also have a flow-on effect to the senior teams and ensure strong, sustainable clubs are established in the local community, and the Australian Government is very proud to contribute $1.5 million,” she said.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said she was proud to see the State Government contributing $1.5 million under its Get Playing Plus program.



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