Thursday, July 25, 2024

Queensland Govt commits $10m for new Ipswich stadium

Ipswich could soon have a national-standard sporting precinct, with the Queensland Government’s commitment of $10 million funding for the proposed redevelopment of sporting facilities at North Ipswich.

A proposal to redevelop North Ipswich Reserve includes plans to build a 12,000 capacity mid-size fit-for-purpose rectangular stadium with upgraded facilities for high performance sports and more inclusive facilities for both community and elite sport.

“Community sports teams are at the heart of our suburbs and cities, so it’s only right the next generation of sports stars can get the best start,” said Premier, Steven Miles.

“Our $10 million investment will help bring the North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct proposal to life and deliver more inclusive infrastructure for the Ipswich community.

“The facility could also feature as a training ground for athletes in 2032, which would deliver legacy benefits to the region for decades to come.”

The Government’s $10 million investment is in addition to $20 million pledged by the Federal Government.

It’s understood Ipswich City Council will also contribute $10 million towards the project. 

In a statement, the Queensland Government said it would seek to deliver the project in partnership with all three levels of government.

“Following an agreement on funding and the development of a business case, steering and advisory groups would be established to confirm delivery costings, timeframes and construction requirements,” the Government stated.

The North Ipswich Reserve currently has two rectangular training fields, a 6,000 capacity stadium, function centre, gymnasium and change rooms and is home to the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club and Ipswich Jets Netball Club.

“The addition of a boutique stadium in Ipswich, would give Queensland’s fastest growing city a real advantage in attracting and hosting major sporting and cultural events,” said Sports Minister, Michael Healy.

“On our way to quickly becoming the major events capital of Australia, we know the benefits that hosting large events brings to regions, boosting visitor economies and creating good local jobs.

“This redevelopment will deliver more inclusive and accessible sporting infrastructure, which is vital in driving participation levels because we want to see more Queensland girls and boys more active.

“I know the galvanizing power of sport and recognise the ability it has to unite communities that lead to better outcomes for Queensland families,” he said.

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