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Community & Business

13 February, 2024

Bright future with big builds for Mareeba

TWO exciting major projects by two well-known Mareeba organisations are currently being assessed by council planners.

By Ellie Fink

Bright future with big builds for Mareeba - feature photo

The Mareeba Leagues Club and Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation submitted development applications last year, seeking to expand their services with the community and sport in mind. 

The leagues club has lodged an application for a major expansion to their premises at Davies Park, while Mulungu is seeking to build an all-new community centre in town.  

According to the club’s development application, the existing lounge and veranda will be extended to create a larger general lounge and terrace overlooking a new lawn. 

The existing dining and functions area will also be expanded, with a new addition to the building set to be home to two function rooms, one larger and one smaller. 

The grandstand and sporting area will also be subject of a major upgrade, with new change rooms and office areas for the Gladiators to utilise during training and home games. 

The new grandstand will be built next to the existing ones (in front of the existing canteen), and a new changeroom and set of offices will be built behind it. 

A message on the club’s website stated that the upgrades would help maintain its strength and support the local community. 

“As many of you are aware, over the past couple of years, Mareeba Leagues Club has been working with industry experts to complete comprehensive planning for infrastructure redevelopments at Davies Park,” the message read.

“The Leagues Club building was first constructed in 1993 and requires some important updates to improve the club’s offering to members and guests.

“These improvements are also necessary to maintain the club’s financial strength and to enable the club to continue supporting other local not-for-profit sporting clubs and associations throughout Mareeba.

“Similarly, much of the community sporting infrastructure at Davies Park is outdated and falls short of adequately meeting the needs of the many local young people who call the site their sporting home.

“Accordingly, the club has engaged Paynters to prepare a comprehensive planning and development application package for redevelopment of the leagues club. CPR Group has been engaged to prepare a broader master plan for the Davies Park precinct.”

It is understood that the project may be done in several stages over a number of years.

Meanwhile, Mulungu has proposed a development at 19 Keeble Street, Mareeba, which the organisation had called the “Mareeba Community Wellbeing Centre – GG’s Place”.

According to its development application, the centre's ground floor will house a hall, a gym, an activity room, a meeting room, café, and a kitchen. 

The top floor will house a sound/lighting booth, a recording studio and several offices and meeting rooms. 

Both Mulungu and the Mareeba Leagues Club declined to comment on the projects. 

All development applications can be accessed on council’s website. 

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