THERE was only one place to be in Dysart on Saturday.
With the plaque unveiled and the ribbon cut, around 200 members of the community raced through the centre's doors to view the immense interior of the Dysart Recreation Centre for the first time.
Volleyball and netball games involving members of the local community and local industry kept the crowds entertained, while those who wished to tour the venue finally got their chance.
Earlier in the proceedings Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore spoke of the benefits the centre would bring to the local community.
She said the private and public sectors could work together to deliver results for regional Queensland.
"The centre represents a joint venture by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and the Federal, State and Local governments to provide services to the local community," Ms Livermore said
"I am proud to see the Federal Government contributing $1.5 million to the project which will deliver such a wide range of services to region."
More than just a venue for games of basketball, volleyball and netball, the centre houses space for aerobics and other fitness-related programs, a gym, a small café facility and a vast, modern space for the local youth group to congregate and enjoy youth-based activities.
In his official opening speech Mayor Cedric Marshall highlighted the centre's multipurpose nature and the variety of activities it could offer.
"This centre is not just a gym and not just an indoor sports centre," he said. "It is a modern and exciting hub for recreation, sport and social interaction."
Events planned for the near future include the whole of Dysart State High School spending their break-up on September 15 making use of the centre's myriad opportunities.
Funding of $2m was provided by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, $1.5m by the Australian Government's Better Regions funding program, and $1.5m by the Queensland Government under the Department of Communities Sport and Recreation Services Major Facilities Program, with the remainder funded by the council.
A significant contribution was also made by Jellinbah Resources who have put aside $65,000 per annum for the ongoing costs of operation.
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