Moreton Bay Region's newest rugby league complex will open in 2022 with a state-of-the-art sports facility coming to Griffin.
Works on the $13.85 million Griffin Sports Complex will being next month after approval from Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Mayor Peter Flannery says it's an exciting time, with Stage 1 of the build finally commencing.
“Years of planning have gone into this major build in consultation with the community and the Kabi Kabi traditional custodians,” he said.
“Best of all, thanks to the incredibly competitive tenders we’ve received the project has come in $2 million under budget.
“The project has been redesigned to be primarily focused on rugby league, with Stage 1 of works to include two full size fields and one half size field, club house and amenities, field lighting and irrigation, a new access road off Henry Road, as well as 154 new carparking spaces across two carparks.
“And that’s just the beginning, the total project site is a massive 90 hectares and Stage 2 of works will also include habitat restoration and regeneration of unused flood immune land.
“Restoring this area to its natural values will be informed by the Kabi Kabi traditional custodians who have helped develop and plan the site in a way that is both culturally sensitive and respectful to the land.
“We’ve heard loud and clear that locals want greater environmental protections in the face of a growing population, so I want to assure residents that this will be front of mind through all the future planning and development of this site.
“Even if you’re not a rugby league fan you’ll still love the Griffin Sports Complex, because we’ll be constructing walking trails and other recreation facilities around the precinct.”
Division 4 Councillor Jodie Shipway said construction would start in September and finish by February 2022, weather dependant.
“I’ve already got a bottle of champagne in the fridge ready to celebrate in February 2022,” she said.
“I think these fields will become hallowed grounds for the mighty Kangaroos Rugby League Club, and I can’t wait for all the action of having players and spectators converge on Griffin to enjoy this great game.
“This investment in local sport will pay its own dividends to our region.
“When fully developed, the $13.85 million Griffin Sports Complex will attract national and state level competitions, which will provide positive flow-on effects to our local economy. Especially if it’s a multiday carnival when people play, spend and stay in our region.
“It’s a win, win, win. This is a major investment in driving a post-corona recovery, it will support many jobs locally, restore our environment for native wildlife and give the Kangaroos Rugby League Club a massive growth opportunity.
“So why not sign up to play rugby league today?”