Funding support for Sunshine Coast Stadium
October 16, 2020
Construction jobs and an improved Sunshine Coast Stadium are a step closer with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor pledging $20 million towards stage 1 of the Bokarina facility’s redevelopment.
The Premier said a re-elected Labor Government would provide the financial kick as part of the overall $68 million investment in stage 1 of the project.
Ms Palaszczuk said the expansion would increase capacity and allow more events to be held there.
“Increasing the capacity of Sunshine Coast Stadium will mean more construction jobs and make the ground available for NRL, A-League and Rugby Union events and provide additional change rooms,” the Premier said.
“Our ongoing plan for economic recovery from the global impact of COVID-19 includes job-creating infrastructure projects like this one.
“While Labor gets on with the task of revitalising and growing the economy, the LNP wants to rush dangerously back to a budget surplus which can only be achieved with cuts.”
Labor candidate for Kawana Bill Redpath said the Sunshine Coast Stadium project would allow for better community use of the facility.
“It will see multi-purpose function rooms, event spaces and education spaces,” Mr Redpath said.
“And of course more capacity at the stadium means more people using facilities like catering.
“That means more jobs.
“We love being outside here on the Sunshine Coast and we love our sport.
“This will be an important upgrade and a valuable asset for our community.”
Stage 1 of the expansion will deliver an additional 10,572 fixed seats, taking total fixed seated capacity to 11,618.
By using the mounds at the Northern and Southern ends, the stadium will have a total capacity of 16,618.
The expanded stadium will provide the capability to stage national sport events and large entertainment events with Sunshine Coast Stadium servicing a catchment population of more than one million people.
The estimated total cost for stage 1 of the project is $68 million with a proposed $20 million contribution from the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.