Moreton Bay scores $11.45 mil tender for soccer precinct
Moreton Bay Regional Council has announced a major $11.45 million tender for the first stage of its new regional soccer precinct at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Burpengary.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland made the announcement at council’s coordination committee meeting on Tuesday, February 21, and said stage one would feature the region’s first ever synthetic, FIFA-rated soccer field together with two new grass pitches, field lighting, internal roads and car parking.
“This is a major victory for all levels of football in the Moreton Bay Region and reflects the popularity of soccer as the most played outdoor team sport in the country,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“With the FFA predicting that roughly four million Aussies will be playing some form of soccer by 2035, this project is about council investing in infrastructure that can cater for all levels of football as the game continues to skyrocket in popularity in our region - from the grassroots level to the national stage.
“Football Queensland has already indicated that once complete, the Burpengary soccer precinct will have the ability to attract national exhibition games, carnivals and state-level fixtures.
The new regional soccer precinct will sit alongside the complex’s $14 million AFL Precinct, which has successfully hosted AFL exhibition games and NAB Cup challenges since opening in 2014.
“We’ve seen the countless benefits and successes our region has had with Aussie Rules since we opened the $14 million AFL Precinct, and this facility aims to replicate that success with the round-ball game.”
Division 2 Councillor Peter Flannery said the new regional soccer precinct would add to the number of sport and recreation opportunities available for local residents.
“This is the first step in a major project that will deliver high quality soccer facilities, including our region’s very first synthetic soccer surface, to give our aspiring athletes even more opportunities to play the world’s game,” Cr Flannery said.
“Council has worked closely with Football Queensland and Football Brisbane to ensure that this becomes a world-class facility for our local players.”
Mayor Sutherland thanked the State Government for its $1.5 million contribution towards the project and towards council’s ongoing investment in sport and recreation opportunities in the Moreton Bay Region.
“Outside of the benefits for our athletes and future soccer stars, the new Burpengary soccer precinct will also generate additional economic development opportunities with construction jobs for our local tradespeople and new experiences for visitors to our region,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“The average sports tourist spends up $262 each day on local businesses like cafes, shops and accommodation providers, and its projects like these that will help to boost sports tourism in our communities and provide an economic injection for local workers and employers.”
State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan MP said that the project would be a major boon for the community, both in terms of local jobs during construction and in the ongoing use of a first class sporting facility.
“This is a great day for local football and I know that many local clubs are really looking forward to this precinct becoming a reality,” Mr Ryan said.
“Investing in top notch facilities like the regional soccer precinct is important not just because it attracts visitors, but also for all the benefits that increased participation in local sport brings to the community.”
Pictured below The Hon. Mark Ryan (Member for Morayfield) & MBRC Cr Peter Flannery