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.