Sports precinct has new name

The Mackay Regional Sports Precinct has a new name.

Council today endorsed Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex, or Mackay ARC, as the precinct’s name.

The 12-hectare site at the CQUniversity Ooralea campus will accommodate three state-of-the-art swimming pools, a synthetic athletics track and multi-use playing surface when it opens early next year.

Deputy Mayor and chair of the Precinct Advisory Committee, Cr Amanda Camm, said the catchy name would be a great promotional tool.

“We wanted a name that can be part of the complex as it continues to evolve,” she said.

“This is a world-class precinct that deserves a unique name and modern, fresh brand.”

Mackay ARC is the name of the overall precinct, but Cr Camm said the next phase would be to seek community opinion on individually naming the aquatic and athletics facilities.

“In the new year, we’ll ask the community to suggest potential names for each of the facilities,” Cr Camm said.

“As this is a community-owned asset, it is pertinent that we see what options local residents come up with.”

Construction of the Mackay ARC is progressing well, with the synthetic athletics track being laid this week and most of the tiling work completed for the three aquatic facilities.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the $23.9 million complex catered for the future growth of the region.

“This complex will put us on the sporting map and bring many state and national competitions to the region,” he said.

“But more importantly, it meets the needs of sport and recreation in a liveable city.”