05 April 2017
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland and Division 3 Councillor Adam Hain, with Caboolture resident Zoe Langley and her horse Cass.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has unveiled a new $3.8 million warm-up arena at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre (QSEC), in a bid to further cement the complex as the state’s premier venue for equestrian sport.
Division 3 Councillor Adam Hain said council had invested in the world-class facility to further establish QSEC as Queensland’s number one venue for equestrian sport, and to ensure it continued to attract major events to the region year-round.
“We want to ensure QSEC continues to grow and attract world-class events to our region. Major events are great economic boosters for our community, bringing with them thousands of spectators and competitors willing to support our local hospitality, accommodation and tourism operators,” Cr Hain said.
“This new warm-up arena will help take QSEC to the next level in equestrian sport, bringing a whole new functionality and adaptability to the complex, no matter what the weather brings.
“Crews worked around the clock to see the new warm-up arena finished in time for QSEC to host a packed-full calendar of events in 2017, erecting more than 170 tonnes of structural steel, spanning more than 4,700m2 and 12 metres high, in just five months.
“The new warm-up arena follows a similar design to the main arena, featuring translucent weather-proof sheeting on its western and southern sides and specialised competition surface and lighting.
“What’s great is this project has supported around 40 construction jobs over the past four months, which was a nice boost for our local construction industry.
“We expect the facility will continue to prove a great investment in our local economy now that it’s open, helping to attract plenty of major equestrian and non-equestrian events to our region.
“I want to thank the Queensland Government for contributing $544,500 to this project through its 2016–17 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, which demonstrates on a state-wide level the importance of this fantastic venue.”
For more information about QSEC or upcoming events visit the QSEC website