After almost six years since funding was first allocated by the Federal Labor Government in 2013, Federal Member for Oxley Milton Dick MP said today that Labor welcomed the Government’s decision to finally deliver $15 million dollar commitment needed for construction to begin on the Brisbane Lions training and administration facility in Springfield.
“They might have given the opposition a 10 goal head start, but it’s good to see Scott Morrison finally pull his socks up and commit to this well over due funding for ‘The Reserve’ at Springfield” said Mr Dick.
“The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government have continuously handballed this project from one minister to another and we’re now well and truly into time on in the last quarter with this funding finally being announced.
“In May last year I wrote to the Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie on behalf of the community expressing my disappointment that this project was not given funding in the budget, so it’s good to see it finally given the green light.
The Brisbane Lions have also announced that facilities at ‘The Reserve’ including the pool, gym, meeting rooms and auditorium will be available to the wider community.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Brisbane Lions so that this project not only helps their elite men’s and women’s teams, but also provides first class facilities for local residents.
AFL participation in Queensland topped 250,000 last year with female club participation on track to exceed 169,000 in 2020.