Multi-millions for magavalis

BILOELA'S next development boom will rise out of the ground at the Magavalis Sports Complex.

Central Telegraph can reveal that several multi-million dollar projects are earmarked for the area along Valentine Plains Road, and last week Banana Shire Council donated more land from the Magavalis complex as a leg-up for other developments.

Now dubbed the Magavalis Recreation Precinct, the area is already home to Callide Dawson TAFE Campus, Biloela PCYC, Biloela Playgroup, the Magavalis Sports Complex (including cricket and netball) and the Biloela Lawn Cemetery.

The new projects planned for the area include: council's new administration centre; Banana Shire Art Galley; an expansion of the Biloela PCYC; an Endeavour Foundation workshop; a 30 room hostel-type accommodation centre; new netball/tennis hard courts; a multi-million dollar upgrade of the existing sporting complex and a carbon forest.

Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper said Magavalis was shaping into the town's “sporting and community hub.”

He said at the last meeting council had donated land adjacent to the PCYC to the Banana Shire Support Centre to construct a 30-room hostel.

“We have already given land in this area to the Endeavour Foundation and Council has allocated $30,000 for the PCYC to relocate the youth centre 'Gabe's Place' from Callide Street to their facility on Valentine Plains Road.”

Banana Shire CEO Ray Geraghty said work on the new administration centre could start in six months.

“We have called tenders for architects to draft a concept plan and we have had 40-packs picked up,” Mr Geraghty said.

“In a perfect world, the first sod could be turned in five to six months. With the economic downturn the construction industry is extremely proactive is securing projects and this development could happen pretty quickly.”

He revealed council had submitted a $2.4 million grant application to the Federal Government to “give netball a home” and construct hard courts and amenities at Magavalis.

The Magavalis Sports Complex is also seeking a multi-million grant to upgrade its existing sporting facilities and develop soccer fields at the ground.

Land at the back of the sporting complex has been identified as a possible location for a carbon forest.

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