Southeast Queensland will soon be home to a new AFL precinct which will include an oval the same size as the famous MCG.
The precinct is under construction at Nathan Rd, Rothwell, just north of Brisbane.
It will be the new home base of the Redcliffe Tigers, currently based at flood prone Rothwell Park.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the council had awarded a $6.5 million tender to Main Constructions Pty Ltd for the first stage of civil works.
Cr Sutherland said the next phase of construction would start in the next few weeks.
“More than 100,000m3 of clean fill has been transported and placed to prepare the site for civil works, and from late August council will begin construction on the new senior grade AFL field, internal roads and carparks, irrigation system, utilities and playground,” Cr Sutherland said.
“It’s exciting news for our mighty Tigers and a huge step towards creating another economic generator for our region.
“Construction on this stage will generate jobs for locals, and the project as a whole will put the Peninsula on the map as a top-flight destination for Aussie rules football.
“Crews will get stuck into the works as soon as they can, in time for the Tigers to take to the pitch in 2020.”
MCG sized oval
Cr Sutherland said the new facility would complement existing ones in the region.
“We’re already seeing major sporting precincts like Dolphin Stadium pay off for our region, attracting big-name fixtures, creating jobs for locals and injecting millions into local businesses, sporting clubs and hotels — and the Rothwell sporting precinct will be no different,” he said.
Councillor James Houghton (Div 5) said it was a huge win for the Tigers and their legion of juniors and seniors who had done it tough over the years, being regularly inundated by floods.
“As a huge fan of the Tigers, it’s brilliant to see this project move from strength to strength,” Cr Houghton said.
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