Go Dolphins! Stage one of new Redcliffe Stadium complete

Media Release

FN050/2016

27 August 2016

Joint release with:

Allan Sutherland

Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council

Luke Howarth

Federal Member for Petrie

The first stage of the new Rugby League Dolphins Stadium in Redcliffe, north-east of Brisbane, is complete, opening up the potential to host world class events and providing future Dolphins with state of the art training and development facilities.

The completed western grandstand has been aptly named the ‘Des Webb Stand’ to celebrate one of Redcliffe's finest, Desmond Patrick Webb, who will be remembered for his tenacity and passion for developing sport in the Peninsula.

The combined stadium capacity will increase to over 10,000 people when the entire project is complete in 2017, with the revamped stadium able to accommodate large corporate functions and full broadcasting capabilities for televised games.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the soon to be finished Moreton Bay Rail Link would help bring big crowds to the stadium.

"I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to—sporting facilities and rail are big parts of that," Minister Nash said.

“The population of the Moreton Bay region is expected to reach half a million by 2031 and the Australian Government is committed to supporting the region.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth celebrated with Dolphins fans today and Australian singer/dancer Timomatic, who performed at the official opening of the Des Webb Stand.

“We have a great sporting culture here in Moreton Bay and I'd like to thank the local residents and businesses who have worked so hard to make this project a reality.”

“The stadium will have the capacity to accommodate big games of rugby league, rugby union and soccer which is critical to attracting top teams to play in regional areas,” Mr Howarth said.

“With great public transport and plenty of parking we can also attract large community events to the Peninsula which would be a massive economic boost to the region supporting more local jobs.”

Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council Allan Sutherland hoped the new stadium would attract National Rugby League trials, and even competition games, and become a landmark stadium for the Moreton Bay Region and Queensland's south-east.

“This is a fantastic day for Redcliffe and the region. I am excited about what this stadium will offer the region and supporters. The Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby League Club has a rich history and great development programs spanning almost 50 years,” Cr Sutherland said.

The Redcliffe Dolphins currently sit atop the Intrust Super Cup ladder, the Premier Queensland Rugby League competition, and will play their final home game against Tweed Heads in front of the newly opened grandstand.

The next stages of works are expected to be completed in 2017 and include the construction of the eastern grandstand, additional amenities and upgrade of the field.

The Australian Government is investing $4 million is this project with Moreton Bay Regional Council providing $3 million and the Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club investing $4.48 million.