Where Mackay candidates stand on arena project
TWO Mackay frontrunners in the Queensland election race are pulling out all stops to show their support for a major arena project.
One of the most popular was Harrup Park Country Club's Great Barrier Reef Arena upgrade.
The arena has already received $10 million in Federal Government funding, but needed matched state funding to go ahead.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who committed the remaining $10 million needed, finally answered the call just ahead of the traditional campaign period.
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Here's what they had to say about it:
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert (ALP)
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has committed $10 million to the project.
Mrs Gilbert said Mackay's biggest ever stadium would be a "game-changer" for the region.
"The Great Barrier Reef arena will host up to 25,000 people in concert mode including a 2000 seat grandstand, bringing with it around 90 jobs in construction and 90 ongoing jobs," she said.
"This $10 million injection from the Palaszczuk Government will boost our local economy and tourism, and is part of our economic recovery action plan for the Mackay-Whitsunday region."
Chris Bonanno (LNP)
Mackay candidate Chris Bonanno said the project ticked all the boxes.
Mr Bonanno said his party had backed the arena since the beginning.
"I'll be fighting tooth and nail to ensure we see this project funded so we can start building, rather than talking about it," he said.
"We've only reached the point we are at now in its development thanks to a $10 million grant from the Morrison Liberal National Government.
"Labor have recently piped up to claim support, after 18 months of inaction.
"This project will create construction and ongoing jobs, as well as being a massive sports tourism drawcard for the city for decades to come. It must go ahead."
Christine Keys (ONP)
I think the concept is brilliant and would enhance the sporting arena of Mackay in a way that would benefit many areas of our community.
Imogen Lindenberg (Greens)
The Daily Mercury contacted Ms Lindenberg for comment, but did not receive a response by deadline.