Logan residents are about to gain a home-ground advantage as the newly developed $15 million Aussie Rules football field in Greenbank gets a clubhouse.
With construction of the $6 million facility expected to finish by mid-2024, local football players will have access to a clubroom, four changerooms, spectator amenities, storage rooms, a first aid room, an office, and a commercially operated café.
Construction of the field itself began in late 2021 and is now home to the Park Ridge Pirates.
It’s located in the Everleigh residential estate developed by Mirvac.
The project is a collaborative effort from Mirvac, AFL Queensland, and Logan City Council, which contributed more than $5 million (with $200,000 coming from the state government).
Mirvac chipped in $290,000 and AFL Queensland contributed $250,000.
Mirvac’s general manager residential Queensland, Warwick Bible, said this partnership enabled the facility to come to fruition “years earlier than anticipated”, catering for the rapidly expanding Greenbank and wider Logan community.
“The plans are the result of years of work behind the scenes with council, state government and AFL Queensland, and we’re excited to now start working on bringing the clubhouse to life,” Mr Bible said.
“Our focus is on delivering a facility our community can be proud of and that supports new opportunities for people in this area to get active and enjoy the social interaction that goes hand-in-hand with sport.”
Local councillor Natalie Willcocks said the clubhouse would become a “key feature” of the ground to support local residents and AFL teams.
State member for Logan Linus Power said it would have “far reaching” benefits for the Logan community.
“We know getting more young Queenslanders involved in sport and active recreation more often helps improve their long-term health and wellbeing,” Mr Power said.
“The new clubhouse will really enhance the training and game day experience for players, coaches and volunteers, encouraging others to get involved, while leaving a lasting legacy on the runway to the 2032 Games.”
Head of AFL Queensland Trisha Squires said there was a huge increase in local AFL involvement.
“The region surrounding the Everleigh facility is booming, with almost 100 Auskick registrations, and Park Ridge’s Juniors seeing a 63 per cent growth since 2022,” Ms Squires said.
“It is an exciting growth area and to be involved in a new development like this will provide an opportunity for new participants to join our game right on their doorsteps.”