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Bundaberg's world-class facility on track

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1 Bundaberg's world-class facility on track on Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:34 pm

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Bundaberg, a town famous for its rum, and 385km north of Brisbane, will have a new synthetic athletics track. The population of Bundaberg is about 71,000 and let's face it, is not known as a 'production line' of track & fied athletes. Yet it now boasts the same number of athletic tracks as Adelaide, pop. 1.6 million. Good luck to them, hopefully it will boost the number of T&F athletes in the region.

http://www.news-mail.com.au/story/2012/08/30/world-class-facility-track/



World-class facility on track

By Craig Cobbin
Bundaberg News Mail
30th August 2012


BUNDABERG's new state-of-the-art athletics track is expected to be finished before the end of the year.

The facility, which is located behind the airport, will have a synthetic athletics track surface with a cost of $3.5 million, with $1.5 million funded by the Federal Government.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said he hoped the world-class facilities would motivate the district's athletes and sporting enthusiasts.

"I am certain the feats of athletes at the Olympic Games have fired the imagination," Cr Forman said.

Council strategic projects manager Matt Dagan said weather had delayed work on the track, but it was now proceeding well.

"The installation of lights, the definition of the eight-lane running track, jumping pits and construction of the clubhouse showed the project was now achieving shape and form," Mr Dagan said.

It will be the only synthetic surface track between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Council sport and recreation spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said the facility would meet international athletics requirements for recognising records.

"If we are seeking top performances from our emerging athletes it is incumbent upon us to provide the best facilities possible," Cr Forgan said.

The facility will be the new home for the Bundaberg Athletics Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics Club.

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2 Re: Bundaberg's world-class facility on track on Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:36 pm

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http://bundaberg.qld.gov.au/news/2012/08/28/athletics-facility-running-schedule

Athletics Facility running to schedule

bundaberg.qld.gov.au
28 Aug 2012


Work at the Bundaberg Region Athletics Facility has progressed to a stage where the circular track, jumping pits and other performance areas are now clearly defined.

Bundaberg Regional Council is on target to complete the new international standard facility at its Super Park by the end of November, weather permitting.

Project Manager for Council’s Strategic Projects Matt Dagan said disruptive weather earlier in the year had delayed the project but work was now proceeding at a rapid pace.

The construction of the full synthetic surface facility was being undertaken at a cost of $3.5 million with $1.5 million funded by the Federal Government through the Community Infrastructure Program.

Mr. Dagan said the installation of lights and the definition of the eight lane running track, jumping pits and construction of the clubhouse and storage shed showed the project was now achieving shape and form.

“Our initial work obviously had to focus on earthworks and drainage components but the above ground construction is now really progressing,” he said.

Mayor, Cr. Mal Forman said the new home for the Bundaberg Athletics Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics Club would provide facilities that he hoped would promote and excite a desire to achieve by the district’s athletes.

“With the Olympic Games just finalised I am certain the feats of athletes at that elite level have fired the imaginations and will to succeed in so many young people.”

Cr. Forman said the Bundaberg Athletic Club would move from its current location adjacent to the Agro Trend site once work at the Super Park was completed with the new facility able to be accessed by all regional groups and schools.

The development offers the only full synthetic surface facility between Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Council’s Sport & Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr. Lynne Forgan said the quality of the facility would reflect in the standard of competition that can be pursued there as it will meet full International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) requirements for recognising performance records.

“Hosting State Titles and offering training facilities to elite athletes is what this facility is capable of,” she said.

“If we are seeking top performances from our emerging athletes it is incumbent upon us to provide the best facilities possible,” said Cr. Forgan.

She said 28 regular car parks plus 6 bay bus set down areas and 120 overflow car parks and footpaths meant competitor and spectator access needs were met.

“I am also delighted that Murchie Constructions of Bundaberg are undertaking this project for Council.”

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