Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced that Brisbane City Council will expand its world-class sporting precinct at Telegraph Road, adding netball courts for district-grade competitions.
Cr Quirk said the $7 million project will address the shortage of netball facilities in the city’s northern suburbs and will help to meet the need for more community sporting facilities.
He says, “The Bill Brown Reserve Sports Park will provide more leisure and lifestyle opportunities, creating more to see and do in Brisbane. The Council is committed to creating a sporting hub at Fitzgibbon and in the past four years has delivered a new aquatic centre, the city’s first BMX track and a skate plaza.”
Cr Quirk went on to say that the park extension will offer four netball courts with lighting, an 80-plus carpark, and a new greenspace for recreation. There will also be a new roundabout with connecting pathways to adjoining facilities.
Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper welcomed the announcement, which would provide training opportunities for local netball clubs.
“Currently, clubs such as the Ridgettes do not have their own facilities for training and are forced to hire netball courts at the local schools,” Cr Cooper says.
“These new netball courts at Bill Brown Reserve will not only provide training facilities available both during the day and the evenings, but will also allow more opportunities for social netball games.
“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 sports park extension is expected to begin mid-2019, with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.