The gates of the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct at Nikenbah opened on Saturday, 16 February with a community carnival from 9am - 2pm to mark the completion of the first stage of the complex.
The community open day featured live musical entertainment from John Corowa from 9am, food and drinks, as well as the opportunity to watch the first sport being played at the venue (football, netball and Oztag).
Local radio station Triple M 103.5 broadcasted live from the venue throughout the morning while the official proceedings to open the precinct kicked off at 10am.
Amusement rides including a super slide, jumping castle and carnival games were set up on the day and Fraser Coast Libraries offered activities for kids.
Council staff provided free guided tours of the Sports and Recreation Precinct throughout the day.
Netball sign on Saturday 16 February on-site
Sign up for Netball at the Sports and Recreation Precinct open day, Nikenbah. The Hervey Bay Netball Association will be on site to sign on players from five years old through to the senior divisions.
FCRC has undertaken a landmark legacy project in the form of the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct - a 60Ha staged development that will cater for the sports and recreation needs of the Fraser Coast community both now and into the future.
The Sports and Recreation Precinct is located on a parcel of land on Woods Road, Nikenbah, Hervey Bay, and is anticipated to encompass:
- 10 football fields (allocation of three (3) to oztag);
- 20 netball courts;
- 2 premier/AFL fields;
- 4 full-size and 2 half-size rugby league fields;
- 20 tennis courts;
- multipurpose indoor venue for basketball and other indoor sports;
- 400m athletics track, long jump and high-jump areas;
- 5 hockey fields; and
- Multi-level Stadium.
Future development will be dependent on community and club consultation and future demand.
Stage 1 is well underway with expected completion by February 2019. Civil works have been completed with all in-gound services, bulk earthworks and roadworks established.
Stage 1 will provide the following:
- Netball - eight (8) standard netball courts with acrylic non-slip court surfacing to Netball Australia specification, lighting, and a club house facility
- Soccer - Two (2) premium playing surfaces and two (2) standard playing surfaces, lighting and club house facility
- Oztag - Allocation of three (3) standard soccer fields providing six (6) standard oztag fields.
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In early 2012 Council commissioned Strategic Leisure Group to investigate and prepare the Fraser Coast Sport & Recreation Master Plan (PDF,6.3MB). The Master Plan was adopted in principle by Council in December, 2013.
The Sports Precinct at Nikenbah will be a multi-stage development spread over more than 60 hectares of land. It will provide more than 50 sporting fields and playing surfaces catering for Football (soccer), AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Touch Football and Oz Tag.
The precinct responds to an existing need within the local community for additional capacity and higher quality sporting fields and playing surfaces, as well as supporting amenities and facilities.
It will also significantly enhance the capacity for Fraser Coast to host regional, state and even national competitions and carnivals leading to increased visitation and visitor spend to the regional economy.
To view the Sports Precinct Report see the resouces tab below.
What is the economic benefit of the precinct?
AEC Group were commissioned to undertake a socio-economic analysis of the project to the regional economy (Input-Output modelling, a cost benefit analysis and financial analysis has been undertaken to demonstrate the benefit of the project.
This analysis demonstrated 195 FTE during construction with a Gross Value of $30.7 m and $13.0 million or 228 FTE on-going. The precinct is estimated to conservatively attract 39,535 additional visitors to the region.
For a copy of the Fraser Coast Sports precinct Economic Analysis click here
Location of project
The proposed Sports Precinct project will be located on the corner of Woods Road and Road 477, Nikenbah.
- 60 ha site within the residential growth corridor of Nikenbah
- Major road access via Maryborough/Hervey Bay Rd, Woods Rd, Main Street, Booral and Chapel Roads;
- Pedestrian and cycle connectivity through Mobility Corridor and future residential estate.
- Access to recycled water; and
- 20 mins from Maryborough and from 5 mins to 14 mins from most areas of Hervey Bay.
See locality plan below.
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Layout and design
Indicative staging has been identified (based on original concept plans) however future stages of the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct are still to undergo detailed planning and will depend on the sporting codes demands, future needs, adequacy of existing facilities and funding.
- Stage 1: Site preparation, road works, parking, services, netball and football clubhouses, netball courts, football and oztag playing fields.
- Stage 2: Multi-level stadium, AFL premium field and AFL standard field, AFL clubhouse (to be confirmed during master planning).
- Stage 3: Rugby league and rugby union fields (including clubhouses), road works, parking, services, athletics tartan track, athletics clubhouse (to be confirmed during master planning).
- Stage 4: Multi-purpose indoor sporting venue including basketball/futsal, indoor netball and indoor soccer, parking, services (to be confirmed during master planning).
- Stage 5: Hockey fields and tennis courts, satellite clubhouse, additional netball courts and additional fields (to be confirmed during master planning).
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Council has committed $7.5 million to commence the project and we are seeking by 2020 for $20 million Federal Government Funding and $20 million State Government Funding for the project. The total construction costs for each stage will be dependent on the make-up of the stage which will be driven by community consultation, club consultation and the needs of the Fraser Coast sporting and recreation community.
- Stage 1: $11 million – Site preparation, road works, parking, services, netball, football and oztag playing surfaces.
- Stage 2: Expected to be $16 - $18 million – Multi-level stadium, AFL premium field and AFL standard field, AFL clubhouse, road works, parking, services.
- Stage 3: Expected to be $6 - $8 million - Rugby league and rugby union fields (including clubhouses), road works, parking, services, athletics tartan track, athletics clubhouse.
- Stage 4: Expected to be $10 - $12 million – Multi-purpose indoor sporting venue including basketball/futsal, indoor netball and indoor soccer, parking, services.
- Stage 5: Expected to be $6 - $8 million – Hockey fields and tennis courts, satellite clubhouse, additional netball courts and additional fields.
Frequently asked questions
For a list of frequently asked questions about the project, please click here.