Fund: Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
Category: Cultural, Sports and Recreational Infrastructure
The redevelopment of Quilpie's Bulloo Park—home to the race club, annual show and rodeo, polocrosse carnivals, wedding receptions, car rallies, an evacuation centre and more—will provide patrons with a new kitchen, bar, toilets, and a large undercover area.
Total project cost
Funding (Other Qld Govt)
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
The Bulloo Park Redevelopment has increased the facilities capacity by at least 100 people to 600 for standing events, with space for 400 in undercover areas, a significant increase on the previous venues undercover space which could accommodate 50 people.
Additionally, the upgraded venue can now seat 150 guests, an arrangement which was previously unavailable.
The new facility will ensure more community events can be held, attracting extra visitors and benefiting the town’s hotels, cafes, galleries and other shops.
Twelve groups booked Bulloo Park in 2015 and the upgraded venue is expected to draw more, resulting in $2000+ for council in booking fees. Since re-opening monthly bookings have doubled.
These events, which in 2015 drew a combined total of more than 2600 people, often have bar and catering services run by at least one charity or local group for fundraising purposes.
Extra jobs and demand for materials provided a boost to local traders and suppliers and supported local jobs:
The project employed various contractors for a total of 613 days
Of these work days, 410 were undertaken by contractors based locally or within an adjacent shire. Of the total 613 days, 188 were undertaken by Indigenous contractors, 22 by apprentices and 28 by trainees.
Improved facilities have created a better atmosphere for patrons.
New showers, eight additional toilets and a new kitchen will allow more people to be comfortably housed when the facility is used as an evacuation centre.
In 2015, the State College P&C, St Finbarr’s Parents and Friends, the Golf Club and the Kindergarten raised funds by providing bar and catering services at events held at the venue. The new facilities allow for these and other local groups to continue to fund-raise at the larger, more versatile venue.
Improved sun protection through shade covers.
Improved drainage and landscaping has reduced the amount of water used for irrigating grounds.