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Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Mackay is in for a treat as Harrup Park Country Club presents a sneak peek of their newly completed Great Barrier Reef Arena development during a special "Party in the Park" community open day on Saturday, 18th March.

"We are thrilled to invite everyone in the region to enjoy this exclusive opportunity to view our fresh Great Barrier Reef Arena development," said Harrup Park Country Club Chair Terry Doolan. "With the strong support from the State and Federal Government, we have delivered this amazing new community asset and we want everyone to share in the excitement."

Not only will the community get a glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef Arena, but they will also experience the Grand Final of the prestigious DBCT Poole Cup cricket competition, along with family entertainment, delicious food, and fireworks.

Mr Doolan continued, "Great Barrier Reef Arena will become one of Australia's leading event destination experiences, hosting brilliant sport and entertainment events, and promoting the amazing natural wonders in our backyard to the whole state and nation. What better way to kick it off than with the pinnacle event for our local cricket competition."

Local AFLW hero and Great Barrier Reef Arena ambassador Lauren Bella will also be in attendance to join in the celebration. "After growing up playing football here and returning to play with the Gold Coast Suns, I truly feel that the Great Barrier Reef Arena is my natural home.

“I'm sure that is also how everyone in our sports-loving community feels, particularly now with this amazing new stand and facilities," said Ms Bella.

Mark your calendars for May, as the official Grand Opening of the Great Barrier Reef Arena is planned to coincide with the Legends on the Lawn concert featuring Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour, Ian Moss, Vika and Linda, and Troy Cassar-Daley.

The Party in the Park event is on Saturday 18 March, entry is a gold coin donation and will run from 1pm to 9pm.

Image: Local AFLW hero and Great Barrier Reef Arena ambassador Lauren Bella will be at Party In The Park to join in the celebration. Photo credit: Gold Coast Suns

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