IT was only a symbolic gesture but after 20 years it meant a lot.
On Tuesday, the Federal Member for Flynn, Chris Trevor, joined Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper, and his Councillors, to officially mark the start of construction work at the Magavalis Sporting Complex in Biloela.
Mr Trevor said he was pleased to be involved in a project that previous successive Governments had shelved for nearly 20 years.
“This is a great project and one that will have many benefits for the local Biloela community,” Mr Trevor said.
“It is a massive $2.3 million investment in Biloela by the Rudd Government that recognises the important part that Biloela plays in our State and National economies, a role that Biloela will continue to play well into the future,” Mr Trevor said.
While the Rudd Labor Government contributed the majority of funding towards the project, Council contributed $200,000 and the Biloela Netball Club $150,000.
The completed project will comprise a huge multipurpose sporting facility that will benefit many local sporting bodies.
The upgrade will include construction of 10 sealed netball courts, four sealed tennis courts, 136 carparks, safety fencing, amenity blocks and solar lighting on the paths and cycleways.
The vice-president of Magavalis, Gordon Ralphs, said building the complex was the greatest idea the former Mayor, Alf O'Rourke, ever had.
“In 10 years all the sports will be down here,” he said.
Mr Trevor said during construction 15 local jobs were also expected to be created.
Work is expected to be done and the complex hosting its first games in March, 2010.
“This is a project that the people of Biloela and surrounding districts have well and truly earned and one that they can be proud of for many years to come,” Mr Trevor said.
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