Sporting facility is off and running
ONE of the only sporting precincts in Bundaberg not to suffer flood damage was officially opened by Senator John Hogg and Mayor Mal Forman at the weekend.
The $3.5 million Bundaberg Regional Athletics Complex has been years in the making, with a plan hatched in 2002 to have the Bundaberg Athletics Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics Club relocate from its grounds adjacent to what is now the former AgroTrend site.
Council Sport and Recreation Portfolio spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said it had been a big step for the clubs to leave their home and accept the idea council put forward.
"We now have a facility that is the equal of anything between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville and one at which we can host state, national and international competitions," Cr Forgan said.
Among the special guests at the opening were former star Bundaberg International 800m and 1500m runner Simon Doyle and London Paralympian Rheed McCracken.