Martial arts academy set to build new home in Gladstone
WITH a smile glued to his face, Rob McIntyre looks at the land on Moura Cres, Barney Point through different eyes than others who pass by.
The block is the future home of his mixed martial arts club, the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy.
The block, currently covered with thick grass and patches of dirt, will soon be transformed into the hub of the sport in Gladstone.
After chasing his dream for three years, McIntyre received news recently which turned the plan into reality.
A $100,000 grant from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing through the Get into the Game program was given to the club, which can now begin planning the next step of the building process.
It already has the approved plans for construction.
"We got the land straight after we incorporated three year ago and have been looking at the building since then," McIntyre said.
The grant will be added to money already raised by the club, along with promised additions from Rode's Excavations and Australian Garages and Carports to assist with the process, through work and materials discounts.
The new building is on track to be built and ready by September, providing a few more helping hands are thrown the academy's way.
"We were hoping to have it up and running by mid-year, but at this stage it is looking more like September," McIntyre said.
"If we can get plumbing supplies and building supplies, it will help a lot. We are still a bit short with the grant."
McIntyre and his tireless helpers are grateful for the assistance, saying it has helped make the whole process possible.
The new home for the academy will be directly next door to Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club, creating a hub of combat sports on Moura Cres.