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November 25, 2019 - New Tully Grandstand needs a name

Naming suggestions are being sought for the new multi-million dollar grandstand to be built at Tully in the Cassowary Coast.

The multi-purpose $7.1 million sports and live-event facility deserved a name with local and regional significance, said the mayor of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, John Kremastos.

“This is a big infrastructure project, and its value to the region can’t be underestimated,” he said.

“The previous facility had served the community well and was used by 19 different local community and sporting groups. However the building was getting tired and was due for replacement.

“The new facility will have extra features, facilities and space to help make the grandstand even more of a community hub.

“The complex will support live events, and sporting and major events. It’s a very exciting project for Tully, but the value of the project will be felt across the whole Cassowary Coast.”

Cr Kremastos said the new facility would provide seating for 600 people undercover, and would be built to exceed the NRL (National Rugby League) standards for a regional facility, to future-proof the venue for sporting events.

“To meet those standards the facility needed to be of a sufficient size, have sufficient toilets, change facilities and so on,” Cr Kremastos said.

Having four separate unisex changing rooms also would encourage greater participation of women in sport.

“There also will be a function room upstairs at the back of the complex, which can double as disaster management centre during times of wild weather events. So it’s a very versatile complex, and we intended it to be that way from the concept stage.”

Cr Kremastos said that the complex had been two years in the planning, and construction was well under way.

The speed of development of the project had surprised and silenced critics who had said the project could not be done by one Council within a single term, he said.

“The Council did face a lot of scepticism that it would even be possible to dream about building a complex like this in one term.

“There were doubts about whether we were committed to doing it, whether we had the ability to get the project up and running within one Council cycle.

“However we were successful with a three million dollar grant from the State Government, and three million more from the feds. Then the Council put in $1.1 million from its own budget, and the outcome will be worth every cent and more.

“It’s also appropriate to recognise the very early financial contribution made by Tully Show Society, Tully Touch Football, Tully Rugby League and Tully Junior Rugby League. These organisations believed in the project well before we had secured state and federal funding, so that early leap of faith was appreciated and important– they helped give the project early momentum.”

With construction under way, the Council had now opened a community consultation process to establish the most appropriate name for the new facility.

Members of the community can make suggestions for the new grandstand through www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/community-consultation. Submissions are now open, and close Thursday, December 12.