Million Dollar Boost for Sports at South Pine Complex

03/12/2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for families who use sport and recreation facilities in Brendale following initial approval of a major project by the Queensland Government.

Get Playing Plus is part of the Newman LNP Government’s strong plan to support grassroots sport and recreation by assisting local clubs.

Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich and Member for Everton Tim Mander today said the million dollar grant from the State Government would allow Moreton Bay Regional Council to construct an Australian football field, multi-sport clubhouse and associated facilities at Brendale.

“I am thrilled that locals will benefit from this project which will deliver a clubhouse with meeting and office spaces, kitchen and canteen, function room, gymnasium and storage facilities, as well as other facilities to play and exercise,” Mr Holswich said.

“Sport and recreation clubs are an important part of the community, providing health and social benefits, so it is important that they have the right facilities for members,” he said.

Member for Everton Tim Mander said the project would deliver for people at all levels of sport and recreation.

“The Newman Government wants to see more Queenslanders active, and I really think a facility of this scale will help boost participation, particularly at the all-important grassroots level,” Mr Mander said.

“While Labor had no plan, we are working to get more Queenslanders active by boosting facilities and services and lowering the cost for families.

“While Labor ignored Queensland children and other sport participants, we are working to get more Queenslanders active by boosting facilities and services and lowering the cost for families.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said 24 projects statewide had been approved funding to provide new sport and recreation facilities or improve existing facilities.

“We want to ensure that sport and recreation clubs and organisations have the capacity to offer services and participation opportunities to Queenslanders,” Mr Dickson said.

“This program provides assistance to councils and community not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to identify, develop and deliver high-need infrastructure projects, to support the development of facilities that will increase participation.”

“We have seen some great results from our Get in the Game initiative since it kicked off in 2012, with more than 67,000 vouchers issued to assist kids who can least afford to participate in sport or recreation.

“We’ve also helped 1,330 clubs with activities to increase participation and approved 360 infrastructure and facilities projects.

“There is more to do though and we will continue with our strong plan for the future.”

AFL Queensland Chief Executive Officer Michael Conlan said the new field and amenities would provide a major boost to the sport.

"Participation in Australian football continues to grow across Queensland, and I have no doubt this upgrade will encourage even more kids locally to get involved in the sport," Mr Conlan said

"The footy clubs in the area have been crying out for a facility of this kind, and it will really help to ensure those clubs continue to attract members and ensure a viable competition."

Further information is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au