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August 16 2017: Closure Percy Pease Grandstand Tully Showgrounds

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Executive Management Team and Councillors have recently undertaken an inspection of some of its key infrastructure installations as part of its ongoing implementation of its transformation strategy for Council.  These inspections have been undertaken to ensure appropriate standards for community infrastructure are met.

Concerns have been shared with Council regarding the serviceability of the Percy Pease Grandstand at the Tully Showgrounds with public safety paramount to Council.  This asset was inspected on Friday and it was decided In order to minimise any chance of risk to the community the seating facility of the Grandstand should be restricted until a more formal inspection of the structural integrity of the stand can be undertaken.

Council has already acquired the services of structural engineer Dr Daniel A Tingley, Ph.D., P.Eng. MIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ to undertake inspections of various timber facilities within the region and the inspection of the Percy Pease Grandstand has been now included in his scope of works.

Following his thorough inspection Dr Tingley will be able to identify the exact scale of repairs required to restore the structure and Council will then be in a position to more appropriately determine what course of action should be taken to ensure the oval has suitable grandstand facilities available to the public.

At this stage the Council does not wish to pre-empt the outcome of any such report and will consider whatever action may be appropriate.  This is likely to include seeking of external funding assistance as the required works are outside of the Council's current budgeted allocations for 2017/2018.  Any consideration of extra funding will need to be considered by the Council.  This will be dealt with as a priority once an inspection report is obtained by Council.

Council proposes to work closely with the key users of the oval facilities to ensure that communications stay open with regular updates and provide for collaborative solutions where necessary.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Councillor Rick Taylor said, "Percy Pease Grandstand in Tully dates back to about 1931, so it has served the Tully community well for a very long period of time. Over the years it has survived several cyclones, numerous floods and the odd fire here and there, but it now appears that time and regular flooding has finally taken its toll."             

"Having inspected the facility last week, it was clear that some restrictions on access had to be put in place immediately for public safety.  I look forward to receiving the report from Dr Tingley, and working with Council and the community on the best possible outcome for all stakeholders. This may well be the catalyst needed to push for the upgrade of the Tully Showgrounds Precinct the community has been calling for over several years." Councillor Taylor said.