Pretorius on Hand To Debut Maroochydore Multi Sport Complex Upgrade

Sunshine Coast Lightning were thrilled to attend the opening of the $3.1 million upgrade at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex today.

Lightning’s Vice Captain Karla Pretorius was on hand to debut the upgrade and tour the facilities, which include a new administration base for the Sunshine Coast Netball Association.

The improved facilities reaffirm the Sunshine Coast Council’s commitment to boosting the profile of all sport in the region and promoting healthy living.

Netball and AFL will benefit most from the council funded upgrades, with the venue set to play host to Netfest, the world’s biggest outdoor netball festival, this weekend.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the complex will encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the social benefits of sport participation.

“Our Sunshine Coast Council is committed to providing quality sport and recreation facilities that encourage our residents – particularly our children and young people – to get active, as well as enjoy the social and other benefits that arise from participating in sport,” Mayor Jamieson said.

The multi-purpose sporting facility now boasts 26 netball courts, three AFL ovals, three soccer pitches and improved community facilities.

The Sunshine Coast Netball Association and AFL Sunshine Coast will see improved administration and training facilities at the venue.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the project will help the Sunshine Coast meet current and future demands and attract elite teams and large-scale tournaments to the region.

“Upgrading these facilities not only provides an additional incentive for elite teams to visit, but also makes it easier for local families and children to get involved in sport,” Cr Hungerford said.

“Not only does it provide fantastic health and social benefits, but we understand that sport and recreation contributes approximately $442 million per year to the local economy.

“Sports related tourism is one of the key drivers of the region’s economy and investing in the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex helps attract a higher number of top calibre events.”