Dreams becoming a reality at Sarina parklands

Sarina's Field of Dreams Parklands is a hive of activity as it is transformed into an important stop-off for passing highway traffic.

The parklands, strategically located at the southern gateway to our region, is already the location of tourist facilities, ranging from Sarina Sugar Shed to Sarina Museum.

They will soon house the region’s major Visitor Information Centre.

Council today awarded an $855,117 contract to WHF Group Pty Ltd to refurbish the existing Sarina Railway Station building into a new Visitor Information Centre.

Major civil and landscaping works are already under way at the parklands as part of a separate $1.4 million contract awarded to Vassallo Constructions in late July.

Economic Development and Planning Committee chair Cr Amanda Camm said council had been awarded State Government funding last year.

She said that Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program funding was being used to create a new Visitor Information Centre.

“It is also going towards civil and landscaping upgrades, in line with the Sarina Field of Dreams Parklands masterplan, to support the new Visitor Information Centre.

“With the new Ring Road to be built south of Mackay’s City Gates, it is important we tap into the self-drive tourism market before they bypass Mackay.

“This new Visitor Information Centre to be built at Sarina will help us capture motorists heading north on the highway.”

The $855,117 contract awarded today is for refurbishment to the railway building, as well as car parking, amenities, pathways and new landscaping.

The Sarina Railway Station is still a working Queensland Rail platform, so the Visitor Information Centre will also be accessible for rail passengers.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 13 Sep 2017