$22 million football centre nearing completion

A new $22 million football precinct, home to the Women’s Football Centre of Excellence at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, is nearing full completion.

When it opens, the complex will feature some of the best dedicated women’s sporting facilities in the country, with the Brisbane Roar’s women’s team set to use the Centre.

While the Centre of Excellence was completed last year, the new purpose-built fields are expected to be completed over the coming months, with the Roar also starting the fit-out process in preparation for the 2024–25 season.

Local football club, the Moreton City Excelsior Football Club will also have their own dedicated clubhouse and fields within the precinct.

The Australian Government provided $350,000 toward the project under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which supports councils across Australia to deliver local road and community infrastructure projects, creating jobs and long-lasting benefits for communities in the process.

Quotes attributable to Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Senator for Queensland Anthony Chisholm:

“Our government is committed to driving economic growth and building stronger communities, with this new complex set to provide long term benefits for women’s sport in the Moreton Bay region.

“These upgraded facilities will be a great training ground for up-and-coming football stars of the future, while also being an excellent venue for families to enjoy a great day out.

“The Albanese Government is proud to support this new world-class centre in Brendale, which will cater for local aspiring athletes and some of Brisbane’s best football players.”

Quotes attributable to Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery:

“Council handed the keys over early after the clubhouse portion was completed late last year.

“The Matildas took the world game to new heights in Australia last year with their heroic efforts at the FIFA World Cup, and we hope this facility will continue that journey right here in Moreton Bay.

“It will go a long way to helping City of Moreton Bay address our goal to grow participation in women’s sport locally.

“On behalf of Council I’d like to thank the Australian Government for its significant $350,000 contribution to support relocation of services during Stage 1 of construction.”