8 February, 2024
Excitement builds for new sports hall
A brand new multipurpose sporting facility, after over nine years of planning, will begin construction at Atherton State High School in the coming months.
The project for a new multipurpose hall came about in 2015 with the aim to create a modern all-purpose area for school and community sports, with a main focus on building the local netball community.
It comprises four outdoor netball/basketball courts, of which two will be covered to allow all-weather use, particularly by providing protection from the sun and shelter from the rain.
All four courts will have lighting to allow use at night, and in addition to the courts, the facility will include a clubhouse consisting of toilets, a canteen, a meeting room, and storage.
A ramp will also be constructed to allow wheelchair access from the existing carpark into the new facility.
Atherton State High School business manager Margaret Selby said project managers Black and More anticipate the awarding of a contract by late March 2024, followed by on-site work commencing at the beginning of May 2024, aiming for completion by mid-November 2024.
“The oval where construction will take place will be fenced off from the rest of the school as its own construction site,” she said.
“There should be no roads blocked but there is a bus turn-in off First Avenue and a student carpark on the corner of Maunds Road and First Avenue which may be affected during construction.
“The Department of Education, Atherton State High School, Atherton State High School P&C Association, Tableland Netball Association and the Department of Tourism, Innovations and Sport along with Project Managers Black and More are excited that this project is finally coming to fruition.”