Harrup Park Stadium Development


As a not-for-profit community organisation with 56 affiliated sporting clubs and more than 25,000 members, Harrup Park Country Club has been an active part of the Mackay community since 1975.

Spread over 37 free-hold hectares, the club is centrally located near the Mackay CBD and airport and is the centrepiece of the South Mackay sporting precinct.

With more than $35 million of assets under management, Harrup Park has multiple facilities, including six ovals suitable in size and lighting to host regional and club AFL and cricket matches. There are also six practice wickets, a sports administration block housing Queensland Cricket and AFL Queensland staff, a nine hole golf course, and an award-winning sporting club and function centre, complete with 465 on-site car parks.

With similar dimensions to the Sydney Cricket Ground, Oval 1 already complies with AFL and Cricket Australia ground and lighting standards and has previously played host to AFL premiership games, as well as International Test and one-day cricket matches.

However, with no dedicated media or broadcasting facilities, only basic facilities for players, of cials, sponsors and VIPs, and no covered seating for patrons, the grounds are currently not to the standard required to regularly secure marque state and national sporting events.

The Harrup Park Country Club has recognised these constraints and consulted the AFL, Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket on what is needed to meet AFL and ICC guidelines and regularly attract marque games. These groups all point to the need for an extensive development of the number oval.


The Harrup Park Country Club Masterplan provides a vision for the staged development of Harrup Park to a leading national standard.

Developed in close consultation with AFL and Cricket Queensland, the proposed development will position Mackay as the national region of choice for State, National and International sporting events.

The development will improve player, media, and spectator amenity and increase the overall capacity of the venue. To achieve this, a

new grandstand is proposed at the northern end of Oval 1. It is comprised of a new media facility flanked either side by modular seating stands and an independent roof structure providing shade.

At the completion of the development, the proposed new stands will increase the capacity at Harrup Park to 9370 patrons for sporting events. The proposal provides approximately 4050 permanent new covered seats, with the ability to add an extra 2800 seats to the rear of the berm along the Eastern side of Oval 1, temporarily increasing the overall capacity to 12170 for events when necessary.


Social benefits

There is nothing more electrifying than experiencing great sporting contests live. The roar of the crowd, the crack on willow, the crunch of a well-timed tackle.

Being a part of the action, and seeing the stuff of myth and legend, real and in the esh, is captivating.

The Harrup Park Country Club oval development paves the way for bringing national and international sporting events to regional Mackay, attracting local, regional and interstate visitors.

It will increase the social amenity and liveability of Mackay, improve health and wellbeing through increased local participation in sport, and inspire regional sports stars of the future.

Economic benefits

The development of Harrup Park Stadium will build confidence in the local economy, create new job opportunities, and boost tourism promotion and expenditure.

Independent analysis found significant economic benefits would be generated from both the construction and operational stages.

Construction phase

The construction phase will:
• create 93 direct and indirect jobs
• generate $2.3 million in wages and salaries
• add $14.4 million to the gross regional product.

Event attraction

It is estimated the development would attract three state, national or premiership events annually, with an average 8,000 patrons attending each event.

This will have substantial ow-on benefits for the region.

Gameday takings alone would inject $1.3 million into the local economy. In addition, the events are estimated to attract 6600 extra overnight domestic visitors, staying on average four days in the region and spending approximately $4.8 million each year.

This represents a total injection of $6.1 million to the Mackay region each year adding an estimated:

• 43 direct and indirect ongoing jobs
• $2.3 million annually in wages and salaries
• $4.4 million to gross regional product.


Project budget

The budget for the Harrup Park development is $24.22 million over two years. It would create 93 jobs during construction, 43 jobs post-construction and provide a source of ongoing economic activation for the entire Mackay region.

Project timing

If Queensland Government funding is secured for the Harrup Park development, construction is anticipated to begin in 2019–20. Construction would occur over two years.

State contribution

The Harrup Park development requires a $24.22 million contribution in FY 2019–20.


General Manager
Harrup Park Country Club

0404 900 158


Harrup Park Stadium will be developed in two stages. Stage One (to be complete by 2021) will deliver:

• North Stand – 4 level stand accommodating new media, player & match official’s facilities
• 2,108 covered modular seats to the front and west of the North Stand
• Media gantry for AFL adjacent the existing clubhouse
• 2 modular food & beverage outlets
• New toilet block/change room adjacent Oval 4

• New car park and Outdoor Broadcast compound off Kippen Street (10,000m2)
• Refurbish existing players change rooms to unisex facilities
• Two team dugouts
• Upgraded practice nets
• Upgraded wicket to accommodate international games