FIELD OF DREAMS: Liz Cunningham Park, on Racecourse Rd, Calliope, will be officially opened today by Mrs Cunningham.
FIELD OF DREAMS: Liz Cunningham Park, on Racecourse Rd, Calliope, will be officially opened today by Mrs Cunningham.

Liz C won't be in footy shorts and boots for park opening

Today, the Liz Cunningham Park officially opens, marking the development of a unique concept which will have many sporting codes operating in the same venue.

The concept for the 49-hectare park, originally known as Pound Paddock, on Racecourse Rd was approved by Gladstone Regional Council in April last year.

It is being developed as a multi-use sports park which will create the opportunity to attract bigger sports events in the region.

The new park brings to an end a 10-year campaign by the Calliope and District Football Club to have access to better facilities and president Barry Collins said at the time the plan was adopted that club members were "feeling fantastic".

Council parks and recreation portfolio spokesman Cr Graham McDonald said the venue would serve as a new home for soccer as well as cricket and other sports as time went on.

"It's a unique concept," he said. "It makes a lot of sense to provide one ground for multiple sports than to have small parks dotted around the area."

A layout of the first stage of development of Liz Cunningham Park.
A layout of the first stage of development of Liz Cunningham Park. Gladstone Regional Council

In May last year the council decided to name the new park Liz Cunningham Park in recognition of the many years of service to the Gladstone electorate of then state MP Liz Cunningham, who has since retired from politics.

Mrs Cunningham was also mayor of Calliope Shire before entering state politics.

Asked whether she would be in her Sunday best for today's opening, she said: "I won't have my footy shorts and boots on. It'll probably be more likely to be one of my going out tops."

GRAND OPENING DETAILS

49ha Liz Cunningham Park, Racecourse Rd, Calliope

Start time: 10am today


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