New home for Rodeo

The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere will move into a new home and is celebrating the official opening of the new the Buchanan Park Precinct venue today.

The new $16.3million state of the art complex has been a project that in the past two years has seen the site undergo an amazing and drastic transformation from the local racecourse façade to now the world class multi-purpose events complex its stands as today.

The new Mount Isa asset features a race track, rodeo arena and stadium, merchandise and food areas, showgrounds and show arena, camping and ablutions area, events administration area, public recreation areas, Rodeo walk, bar facilities, food outlets, media centre, tourist information booth, emergency services block and plenty of amenities.

The International Standard Rodeo Arena was designed by the Brisbane based Architectural Practice Academy to ensure that those seated in the back row of the stadium seating would be able to have a clear view of the action.

“The views of the arena from anywhere in the grandstands will make you feel like you are right on top of the action,” said Ms Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rodeo General Manager.

“The arena will be able to seat about 20% of Mount Isa’s population which is a large seating capacity for anywhere, let alone a regional area. Some venues in major cities have less than a 1% capacity”, added Ms McCulloch.

Buchanan Park is located in the heart of Mount Isa on the corner of George and Sutton Streets. Containing a brand new multi-million dollar events complex with an arena specifically designed to stage a world class rodeo event. The arena will be able to seat approximately 5,500 people in the covered stadium style seating and two grassed berms.

Previously, the venue for the Isa Rodeo was Kalkadoon Park, located 8km from the heart of Mount Isa City on the Barkly Highway. The redevelopment of Buchanan Park is one of the Mount Isa’s Council’s most ambitious projects to date, costing in the vicinity of $16 million dollars, of which approximately $13 million is made up of Federal and State Government funding, in addition to a $1 million dollar investment from Xstrata.

The new centre was unveiled today by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile and guests entertained by recent winner of “Dancing with the Stars”, Kate Cebrano. The new home of Australian rodeo will be tried and tested straight after the official opening with the celebrations continuing throughout the weekend with the Rodeo National Circuit Finals being held in the Buchanan Park arena.

The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.