Construction to begin on sports fields
LONG WAIT FOR MODERN OVALS ALMOST OVER
Douglas Estwick, South West News, Brisbane
THE decade-long wait for more sport space in Springfield is almost at an end, with heavy machinery about to begin construction of the $22 million Southern Sporting Fields project. Councillor Sheila Ireland said work was expected to begin on the Springfield Central project within a fortnight following 10 years of calls from sporting groups.
“This will be the home of Springfield sport and cater for all sports ... ages and genders,” Cr Ireland said.
“It’s a growing suburb and there are so many youths and seniors.”
The precinct, led by Lendlease, includes four new rectangular fields, or two ovals, 16 netball courts and clubhouses. Cr Ireland said the fields were expected to be completed by the middle of next year.
City Works, Parks, Sport and Environment Committee Chairman Cr David Morrison said four additional rectangular fields and eight tennis courts near Sinnathamby Boulevard should be completed by the end of 2018.
He said more sports fields would be delivered in the next two years than have been delivered in the past 24 years within Greater Springfield.
“There certainly has been a shortage in the Greater Springfield area,” Cr Morrison said.
“Council really only has Bob Gibbs and Summit Oval and a partnership with Education Queensland for Woodcrest College. There are sport clubs crying out for more space and these two ovals (will be welcomed).”
JMac Constructions has been contracted to build the project in conjunction with BMD Urban. Lendlease’s Guy Gibson said his group was excited to work with the major project stakeholders, Springfield Land Corporation and Ipswich City Council, to deliver new sport facilities in the corridor.