$4 Million Sporting Precinct Open For Business In Ripley
The next generation of Ipswich sports stars have a new place to hone their skills with the launch of a new $4 million sport and recreation precinct at Providence.
The $4 million precinct provides sporting sporting clubs, athletes and the local residents with a new place to come together as a community to enjoy Queensland’s great outdoors and rich sporting heritage. Sporting clubs from a range of disciplines will call this precinct home, including rugby league, soccer, cricket, Australian rules and touch football.
Following a competitive tender process, Ipswich City Council awarded Ripley Valley Football Club and the Swifts Rugby League Club the right to base their clubs at the new precinct during winter months. South East Redbacks Cricket Club will use the facilities during summer.
After years of planning and nearly 12 months of construction an official ceremony was held on Sunday, April 28 to give residents and local club representatives the opportunity to celebrate the opening of the precinct.
Providence Director Michael Khan said the precinct was a significant step forward in Providence’s development.
“This sporting precinct is the result of years of hard work and we are thrilled to see it completed and open,” he said.
“I’m excited at the prospect that this precinct will not only become the home of our future sporting heroes, but also a focal point for all members of the community to enjoy the outdoors. Our ultimate aim is to bring people together through common interests, and the sport precinct will help us achieve that goal."
Ipswich City Council Interim Administrator Greg Chemello welcomed the new Ripley sports fields and said it was an example of how council can work with the development industry to help deliver world-class sporting facilities across the region.
“Ipswich has such a rich history of success in so many sports and council anticipates that the community will see up-and-coming sports stars of the future kicking their first goals right here at Ripley,” Mr Chemello said.
“These fields, together with a $38 million complex at Springfield Central, which is almost complete, provide some of the best facilities in the region, if not the state, and council will continue to work with community organisations and the development industry to build similar precincts and create opportunities for residents to play and be active.”
The precinct is spread over 4.5 hectares and features a collection of regulation-sized fields and an integrated oval. It also includes a 100-space car park, playground and barbecue facilities.
Ripley Valley Football Club President Brodie Kenyon said Providence’s new sport precinct will be instrumental in helping them grow into a larger family and community based club.
“We have seen the quality of facilities used by other clubs, so it will be pleasing to show everybody what kind of facilities we have available to us here,” he said. “Our numbers are increasing, and thanks to these facilities we will be able to grow alongside the community.”
The precinct is part of the larger plan for Providence Parklands, providing sporting and recreational space within a 200 hectare area which will also include formal parklands, nature reserves and additional green space. When complete, Providence Parklands will be double the size of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, City Botanic Gardens and South Bank Parklands combined.
Locate towards the entrance and adjacent to Providence’s Splash n play water park and display village, the precinct’s main fields will be what people see first when driving by or entering the community. Those who use the fields will also be a short distance from the food and beverages served at Forty West Cafe.