Why Mackay was skipped on NQ cricket tour
MACKAY was a notable omission on Terry Svenson’s itinerary this week as the Queensland Cricket CEO toured facilities in North Queensland.
Svenson and senior executives of QC’s Community Cricket, Infrastructure and Government Relations departments met stakeholders in Townsville and Cairns for discussions on how to further grassroots development and bring more elite-level cricket to North Queensland.
That Mackay was left out of Svenson’s tour may seem conspicuous to some, but Queensland Cricket spokesman Pete Lock said the same conversations held in Cairns and Townsville this week were had in Mackay at the beginning of November, when Harrup Park hosted the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL.
Thus a second trip was not required.
“We were in Mackay for the WBBL earlier in November, where we met with (Mackay) Regional Council,” Lock said.
“We’re really well-advanced with plans (for Mackay). It’s become the second home to the Brisbane Heat Women’s team for the past couple of years and we see no reason that wouldn’t (be the case) for future seasons.”
Lock added QC CEO Svenson had visited Mackay on a number of occasions previously, but until this week had never toured facilities in Cairns or Townsville.
“We are committed to taking cricket to regional Queensland, be that in the form of WBBL, Women’s Internationals, Shield and domestic one-dayers … there’s a lot of cricket on the calendar and it’s about finding the right facilities within the right window,” Lock said.
“Harrup Park is one of the better facilities in regional Queensland in terms of the field (and) the quality of lights. The next step is upgrading the facilities to allow for permanent broadcast.”
Harrup Park’s proposed Great Barrier Reef Arena Project, still without State Government funding support after months of back-and-forth, would include upgraded broadcast facilities.
“Moving forward there’s certainly plans to bring more cricket to Mackay. We’re supportive of the push to get the upgrade there which will allow for permanent broadcast facilities,” Lock said.
“That’s the big one for us; that’s the next step.”