The Sunshine Coast’s Health and Sport Precinct is taking shape on the USC campus, with the construction of its new sports stadium almost complete. Scheduled to open this month, the $10 million stadium will offer three multi-purpose courts for use by students and the general public for basketball, netball, indoor cricket, futsal and badminton. The facility will also be used for large University events such as graduation ceremonies and exams.
The new stadium will complement current on-campus facilities, including an athletics track, playing fields and courts, and an award-winning architect-designed clubhouse. A new swimming pool has also been proposed.
Chancellor State College Principal John Lockhart commented on the benefit of the facilities to his school, which sits adjacent to the USC campus. “We feel very fortunate for our close association with the University,” Mr Lockhart said. “Our students benefit from not just their teaching programs, but the recreation facilities as well.”
USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paul Thomas AM said the Health and Sport Precinct would be a defining feature for the Sippy Downs township, and a vital resource for the health and lifestyle of the entire Sunshine Coast community.
The Building Excellence campaign has a goal of $3.5 million to build Phase 1 of the Precinct’s future headquarters—the Health and Sport Centre. The Centre will include a health clinic and offices, state-of-the-art research laboratories, and a fitness centre.
University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board Chair Tim Fairfax has announced solid progress in the Building Excellence campaign. “We are encouraged by the contributions so far toward our overall goal of $5 million,” he said. “With the positive momentum we have in the community, I am optimistic we will hit our goal.”
The Building Excellence campaign, which was announced last year, is raising money for three key initiatives to take the University into its second decade.
The priorities are:
- leadership in health and sport—$3.5 million for a new Health and Sport Centre
- equity and access for students—$1 million for student scholarships and bursaries
- campus enhancements—$500,000 for campus beautification
Individuals and businesses who support the campaign with a gift of $1,000 or greater will be recognised with their names mounted on a donor wall within the new Health and Sport Centre.
University Foundation Executive Officer Andrew Pentland said all donations were important. “Every donation makes a difference, no matter what the size,” he said. “Wide participation in the campaign will make it a success.”
By increasing the number of scholarships and bursaries on offer, the University will be able to help more of its students achieve their academic goals.