One of Queanbeyan’s most iconic sports facilities, the Heather McKay Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Centre, was re-opened today following its transformation into a more functional multipurpose sports venue.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the expanded facility will be a great sporting asset, not just for the Queanbeyan community but also for the surrounding region.

“Located in the heart of Queanbeyan’s sports precinct – with Seiffert Oval, David Campese Field and the RSL Bowling Club close by – the revamped centre will help meet the growing demand for indoor sports,” Mr McCormack said.

“The upgrade includes three new multisport courts, two squash courts, an indoor cricket court, two mezzanine viewing areas, refurbished male, female and disability bathrooms, extra car parks and landscaping.”

Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Zed Seselja, said the opening of the two new squash courts marks the sport’s welcome return to a venue named in honour of one of Australia’s greatest athletes, multiple world squash champion Heather McKay.

“Until these two new squash courts were built, there were none left in Queanbeyan – a town that at one stage hosted 14. So, it is hoped that their inclusion will lead to a resurgence of interest in what is a great indoor sport,” Mr Seselja said.

“Importantly, in addition to the multisport, squash and cricket courts, the centre will also host the Queanbeyan Sporting Gallery – a local ‘hall of fame’ featuring Heather McKay and other women and men from the greater Queanbeyan area who have achieved great things in their chosen sports.”

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said Council was pleased to have worked with the Australian Government to deliver a project that will help increase the number and variety of sports facilities available in the town.

“The centre has a great design, is a great asset for Queanbeyan and I am especially pleased that it includes two squash courts,” Cr Overall said.

“It is fantastic that the centre named after Heather McKay will now see the return of squash to Queanbeyan.”

This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government and the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council each providing $2.25 million.