26 May, 2021
Moreton Bay slam-dunks with new indoor centre
Moreton Bay Region is again sprinting ahead of the field to be Olympics ready, completing the brand new $15.8 million Indoor Centre and rugby union and touch football clubhouse facilities at Brendale’s South Pine Sports Complex this week.
Mayor Peter Flannery said it was no cliché to thank the crews for putting in 110% to deliver this regional facility on budget.
“I’m no basketballer but I can say this is a massive slam dunk for the lifestyle and amenity of residents right across the region,” he said.
“The new Indoor Centre and Rugby and Touch Football clubhouse facilities will cater for at least 11 different sports and activities from basketball and netball to wheelchair sports, martial arts and of course, rugby.
“The centre has the ability to host 2,000 fans in show court mode and it even doubles as a venue to host community events and conferences, with five brand-new multipurpose rooms and suites.
"Council is committed to building a healthy community for everyone and we’re doing that by investing into recreational facilities like this right across the Moreton Bay Region.
"In fact we’ve increased our investment into sports infrastructure this financial year by 40% on the previous year, up to $49 million in 2020-21.”
South Pine Sports Association President Gerry See said the new Indoor Centre would complement the existing facilities at South Pine Sports Complex (SPSC).
“While SPSC might be close to the biggest sports complex in Queensland by size, I believe it could be the biggest by sheer participation numbers too,” he said.
"Nearly 10,000 people participate in sport at SPSC on a weekly basis, and we cater for at least 5,000 students through school sports activity every year.
“We have everything from AFL, cricket, hockey, football, rugby league, outdoor netball, gymnastics and now the upgraded Indoor Centre and rugby union and touch football clubhouse.
“I expect those numbers to grow again with the completion of this work, so I’d like to thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for all the awesome work they’re doing to help keep locals active.”
Division 9 Councillor Cath Tonks hoped these facilities would help shape Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.
“With the Olympics potentially right around the corner, I’d love to see touring teams and athletes using South Pine Sports Complex and the new indoor facilities as a base,” she said.
“We’ve already had interest in the Indoor Centre as a venue that can host 2,000 fans during the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, which is being hosted in Australia.
“We’re also adding the brand-new Queensland Centre of Excellence for Women’s Football in time for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“All these wonderful facilities right on our doorstep in Brendale is so great for locals to stay active and also for them to see some high-quality sport come to our region.
“I hope it continues to encourage more and more people take up one of the many sports on offer right here.”