Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled plans for new sports parks across the suburbs of Brisbane as part of a $351 million Budget commitment to enhance Brisbane’s leisure and lifestyle opportunities.
The new facilities are part of a $40 million sporting package that includes a new netball precinct at Wakerley, a synthetic hockey field at Chermside, a synthetic soccer field at Mitchelton, a golf course at Cannon Hill, a multi-use district sports park at Moggill as well as two new sports parks at Rocklea and Windsor and a further two new synthetic sports fields.
Cr Quirk said the new sports parks would be welcomed by Brisbane residents who said they wanted more greenspace and leisure areas during the recent Plan Your Brisbane consultation.
“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax and this Budget includes funding to open up under-used public land for community sport and recreation,” he said.
“More greenspace will mean a healthier city with new sports fields creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities.”
Cr Quirk said Council would deliver a $1.9m sporting precinct at Manly Road, Wakerley, including eight netball courts with lighting, practice area, changing facilities, car park extension, a recreation area and playground.
“There is strong demand for new sports facilities and I’m committed to ensuring our sporting clubs have the infrastructure and support to meet the needs of future generations,” 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.”
“Our sporting clubs are often the lifeblood of communities, providing a place for residents of all ages and abilities to meet and get active in their local neighbourhood and supporting these much-loved community institutions play an important role in creating a liveable city for our children, and their children to follow.”
Cr Quirk said Council would utilise land purchased from flood-affected areas of Windsor and Rocklea to create exciting new sports and community parks for local residents.
Council is delivering four new synthetic fields, with a $2.2 million commitment providing residents with quality sports fields that are available for year-round use.
Construction is currently underway to deliver a synthetic hockey field at Chermside with a new synthetic soccer field to be built at Mitchelton with a further two locations to be determined.
The Moggill District Sports Park is expected to be completed in the next few months and includes two new ovals for AFL and cricket and four hard courts for netball and tennis.