Council is currently preparing a business case for the potential redevelopment of the Gladstone Coal Exporters Sports Complex. The redevelopment would aim to provide the Gladstone Region with a year-round sports and events precinct (with broadcasting capabilities). The facility would be suitable for national and regional games and carnivals and large outdoor events with a crowd capacity of up to 10,000 people, while also accommodating local day-to-day use. The redevelopment potentially includes Marley Brown Oval, the junior rugby league fields and touch football fields.
The project is currently in the Select Phase of Council’s Investment Decision Framework (IDF). At completion of the current phase of work including concept design and business case, the project will prompt the next investment decision gate.
A Business Case is expected to be submitted to Council for consideration in 2022 which will be accompanied by supporting technical reports and concept designs. Council will then have the opportunity to decide its intent to progress with further planning of the proposed project.
Pending a Council resolution to proceed, Council may choose to:
- Inform stakeholders of the outcomes of the business case and concept design work undertaken
- Progress with the development applications process to gain approval for the redevelopment
- Should a development approval be granted, investigate capital funding options. Due to the anticipated cost of the project, it is currently expected that Council will need to secure external funding.
- Following the successful hosting of a mid-season NRL game in April 2019, Council announced intentions to investigate options to upgrade Marley Brown Oval. With the event quickly selling out, it became apparent that Gladstone has the potential to attract more than the current venue’s 5,200-person capacity.
- Redevelopment of the facility will help in attracting large scale events to the region, whilst providing stimulation to the local economy and enhancement of our economic prosperity and diversity.
- The project will enhance Central Queensland’s rugby league heartland status while supporting grass roots local and regional rugby league participation.