Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced that Brisbane City Council is expanding its world-class sporting precinct at Telegraph Road, with the additional of netball courts for district-grade competitions.
Cr Quirk said the $7 million project would address the shortage of netball facilities and meet the growing need for community sporting facilities in the city’s northern suburbs.
“The Bill Brown Reserve Sports Park will provide more leisure and lifestyle opportunities, creating more to see and do in Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.
“Council is committed to creating a sporting hub at Fitzgibbon and in the past four years has already delivered a new aquatic centre, the city’s first BMX track and a skate plaza.
“The sports park extension will deliver four netball courts with lighting, an 80-plus carpark, a new roundabout with connecting pathways to adjoining facilities and a new greenspace for recreation.
Cr Quirk said that the $7 million netball precinct was part of Council’s $40 million sporting package across Brisbane.
“Council is also delivering a new netball precinct at Wakerley, a synthetic hockey field at Chermside, a synthetic soccer field at Mitchelton, a golf course at Cannon Hill, two new sports parks at Rocklea and Windsor and a further two new synthetic sports fields,” he said.
“With more than 1000 clubs and 220,000 players, sport is a crucial aspect of what makes Brisbane a great place to live work and relax.”
Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper welcomed the announcement, which would provide training opportunities for local netball clubs including the Ridgettes.
“Currently clubs such as the Ridgettes do not have their own facilities for training and instead are forced to hire netball courts at local schools for their training,” Cr Cooper said.
“These new netball courts at Bill Brown Reserve will not only provide training facilities available both during the day and in the evenings, but will also allow more social netball games for the community.
“Netball continues to be one of the most popular social sports in our community, but until now our community has not had enough facilities to accommodate games.”
Construction of the sport park extension is expected to begin in mid-2019 with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.
For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.