Fences have been erected at the Recreational Precinct with local contractor Murchie Constructions ready to deliver a major facelift for the facility, including a new entry plaza.
Murchie Constructions managing Director Andrew Murchie said the project was a welcome start to the new year, providing guaranteed work for the next six months.
“It’s a large piece of work for us,” Andrew said.
“It’s a keystone project for the region, it’s always good to have built something that’s recognised by a lot of the general public over the years to come.”
The upgrade will feature a new entry and extensions and upgrades to the main pavilion.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the project would deliver flexible event spaces in addition to expanded accommodation and improved landscaping.
“The Recreational Precinct plays host to many major events so we wanted to create a visually appealing entry statement that had impact,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“This upgrade will add some wow factor to this venue and help attract more events to the region.”
He said it was pleasing to see a local company secure the project.
“The Recreational Precinct upgrade is another great example of all three levels of government working together for the benefit of regional communities.”
The new entry statement will formalise entry via University Drive and incorporate ticketing and office facilities.
Seating, lighting and landscaping will add to the atmosphere when attending an event with a pergola area attracting the eye and providing shade just beyond the entry.
The pedestrian friendly avenue will incorporate public art, historical images and event-specific displays and information.
The main pavilion upgrade will feature a major facelift for the much-used building in addition to internal upgrades that enhance acoustics and create a more polished finish.
The upgrades were identified through a recently completed master plan for the precinct, which is a popular venue for large events including the Bundaberg Show, Agrotrend, Carols by Candlelight, canine and equestrian uses.
Andrew said work on the Recreational Precinct upgrade would be underway in earnest in about two weeks.
Most of the work is expected to be completed within six months, weather permitting.
The Bundaberg Regional Council project has been supported by the Federal Government Drought Communities and the State Government 2020-2021 COVID Works for Queensland programs.