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November 11, 2020 - TULLY GRANDSTAND OFFICIALLY OPEN

TULLY GRANDSTAND OFFICIALLY OPENED


The Cassowary Coast is further poised to become a destination-of-choice for sporting events following today’s official opening of the region’s most significant new infrastructure.


Officially named the ‘Tully Grandstand,’ the $7.1M facility features an undercover 600-seat stadium built to exceed the National Rugby League standards for a regional facility.


The grandstand was officially declared open by Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor, Mark Nolan alongside Division Two Councillor, Teresa Millwood who together cut a ribbon and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the site’s significant history. 


Previously the site was home to the Percy Pease Grandstand which had gallantly served the community since the 1930’s.


Mayor Mark Nolan said the Tully Grandstand will not only be an economic driver, attracting events to our region but also strengthen our community spirit through use of this venue for sporting, hobby and entertainment events including the much loved annual Tully Show.


“Additional to our status as an adventure sport destination thanks to TARGA, Red Bull white water rafting and mountain biking, we’re now poised to take on even more major sporting events thanks to this magnificent facility,


“We’re so impressed to see the scale and quality of this development and I express our gratitude to the project management team for their ability to deliver on-time and on-budget amidst the COVID-19 period,” said Mayor Nolan said.


Designed as a premium space for indoor events including gala dinners, corporate meetings and workshops, the grandstand features a commercial kitchen with several function and meeting rooms alongside a bar and canteen.  It will also act as a much needed Disaster Coordination Centre for the community.


Division Two Councillor Teresa Millwood explained the name ‘Tully Grandstand’ was chosen by the Naming Committee following public consultation dating back to October 2019.


“We thank everyone who put forth their suggestions during the consultation period which was enormously helpful in understanding community sentiment around this important decision,


“While sorting through the results it became clear that the name should not be accredited to any one single individual, and so Tully Grandstand was agreed on.” Cr Millwood said

Alongside Cr Millwood, the Grandstand Naming Committee included Mayor Nolan, Deputy Mayor Barry Barnes and David Goodman, Cassowary Coast Regional Council Director for Infrastructure Services.
Cr Millwood also noted that at the heart of this project is Tully’s community groups, including the league and touch football clubs as well as the Show Society, whose passionate dedication and fundraising was critical to realising this dream come true.


Tully Tigers spokesperson Anthony Emmi said the grounds had already been tested in pre-opening matches, giving his tick of approval.


“To say it was awesome would be an understatement,” Mr Emmi said. 


“This grandstand will allow us to roll out the red carpet for national and international matches, not to mention make our home players feel a great sense of pride in showing off our town.”


Located in the Tully Showgrounds, construction of the grandstand commenced in early September 2019. 


The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government’s ‘Building our Future’ program and Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program. Additional funding was provided in association with Council and community user groups including the Tully Tigers Rugby League Club, Tully Junior Rugby League Club, Tully Touch Football Association and Tully District Show Society. 


For further information and booking enquiries go to: www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/venues or call 1300 763 903