Holswich and Mander Push for Brendale Sports Funding

01/12/2014

Local MPs have thrown their support behind a bid from Moreton Bay Regional Council to secure State Government assistance to upgrade sporting facilities at the South Pine Sports Association (SPSA) complex at Brendale.

Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich MP and Member for Everton, The Hon Tim Mander MP, expressed the importance of the SPSA complex to grassroots sport in the region.

“There are a wide range of sporting clubs utilizing the sports grounds at Brendale and we want to ensure they have the best facilities possible,” Mr Holswich said.

“These are some of the fields where local children develop their motor skills, a range of social skills and develop healthy living habits.”

“We want to encourage those who are just trying out a sport and also those who are our next generation of superstars.”

Mr Mander also pointed to a desire to see more elite sport played in Brendale.

“The upgrades planned by Council will give our region greater opportunities to see elite sport played at Brendale.”

“This would be a positive, not only for sporting clubs and players, but also for the local economy as sporting-based tourism grows.”

“This region is a growth corridor that is central to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, has access to nearby public transport, strong established sporting teams and has a Master Plan for the development of a sporting precinct that will be second to none.”

Council is currently seeking $1.5 million from the State Government towards the redevelopment of the AFL fields and to build a new clubhouse for AFL, Cricket and Hockey. These funds would supplement a multi-million contribution from Moreton Bay Regional Council.

“Council have the full backing of Mr Mander and myself in seeking these funds,” Mr Holswich said.

“We have met with the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing on numerous occasions to stress the importance of this facility to our region and our desire for the State Government to contribute to the planned upgrades,” Mr Mander added.