'Clubhouse on the Green' opens in Townsville

Media Release

FN060/2017

29 April 2017

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

  • New AFL oval and multi-purpose sporting facilities now open in Townsville
  • Facilities will encourage sporting participation and provide cyclone shelter
  • The Coalition Government invested $5 million through the Community Development Grants Programme

Today the community of Townsville gathered for the official opening of the multi-purpose North Shore Evacuation Centre, to be formally known as the ‘Clubhouse on the Green’.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she was thrilled that the Clubhouse on the Green was now open, providing the community with a new full-sized AFL field and a dual-purpose cyclone shelter.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and modern sporting facilities such as the Clubhouse does just that,” Minister Nash said.

“This project has delivered a piece of lasting infrastructure that will support local sporting competitions and will also serve as a safe house for the community during times of extreme weather events.”

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald, who joined the community for today's opening, said the multi-purpose clubhouse will help cater for the growing needs of Townsville's sporting community.

“The Clubhouse has great facilities including a commercial kitchen, multi-use grand hall, conference quality AV system, change rooms and amenities, a first aid room, and a boardroom,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The structure has been designed to withstand a category five cyclone, with the ability to provide shelter to 330 people during emergencies.”

Senator Macdonald acknowledged the strong advocacy of the former Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, who secured the funding for the project.

“Thanks to the efforts of Ewen Jones, the local community now have access to a multi-million dollar facility that will also serve as the home to the Northern Beaches Suns AFL Club, which boasts very strong Juniors, Ladies, and Seniors teams.

“The new facilities will ensure that the Northern Beaches Suns have no problems attracting new players to the grounds.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($5 million), and Stockland ($2 million).