The Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter will visit the new site of the Mount Isa Campdraft on Friday morning, to view progress on the Government’s $100,000 “Get Playing” grant.
Mr Katter said it was gratifying to see the difference the Government grant had on a popular event.
“I’m impressed with what they’ve been able to do with a $100,000 grant, a lot of determination and help from the local community. What they’ve achieved puts other big projects to shame.
“If governments could build infrastructure as quickly and as affordably as this group, we would have a thriving state economy,” Mr Katter said.
“It’s been about nine years since the Campdraft was held in Mount Isa – since Kalkadoon Park closed down, so it’ll be thrilling to see the Campdraft open in the first week of July,” Mr Katter said.
The grant has helped to build the arena, says Mount Isa Campdraft Association Chair, Peter Hacon.
“We’ve had an additional $300,000 – $400,000 worth of assistance in terms of labour, goods, equipment and goodwill to help get this project up and running.
“We’ve had help from Remploy, Graeme Huddy, John Murphy and Mal Debney, Rutherford Mining, HV Power, Bell Rural Contracting, Toby Harris and Bilby Haulage and lots of others,” Mr Hacon said.
The Campdraft’s new venue is at the old Speedway facility on Duchess Road, and has been leased to the Association by the Mount Isa City Council. The Campdraft will run from 3 – 5 July this year.