The Springfield City Group was excited to take part in the official launch of the new $56.2 million Springfield Central Sports Complex this morning.

Minister for Sport, Housing and Public Works and Digital Technology, The Honourable Mick de Brenni, Charis Mullen MP and Springfield City Group Chairman and staff joined Lendlease today to celebrate the official opening of the sports mecca which marks the single biggest boost to sporting facilities in Ipswich’s history.

The 22.5-hectare sporting precinct located on Sportstar Drive, Springfield Central includes 16 netball courts, eight tennis courts, four multi-purpose sporting fields, three club houses with canteen amenity, two playgrounds and ample car parking.

Smart features like LED lighting have been installed to ensure no shadows appear on the fields and courts as well as 2000 recycled plastic bollards have been used as barriers to car zones.

Ipswich City Council will manage the facilities and have signed lease agreements with local sporting clubs such as Springfield United and Western Pride Football Clubs, Springfield Lakes and South West Wildcats Netball Clubs, Greater Springfield Sports (AFL & Cricket) and Rugby League Ipswich.

Springfield City Group Chairman Maha Sinnathamby said the sports complex was strongly aligned with Greater Springfield’s vision of becoming the region’s new sports city.

“Today marks the emergence of a new pillar for Greater Springfield as a Sporting City, which aligns with our aspiration to support the healthy lifestyle needs of our community and the overall region,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

“Greater Springfield has been planned and designed to provide services that support not only the needs of the local community, but the surrounding communities of South East Queensland, particularly Ipswich and Logan.

“This new facility will support the development of future generations of great athletes by providing access to facilities that support a number of sporting activities.

“Over the coming years the emergence of Greater Springfield as a Sporting City will only continue to grow through significant partnerships and investments in sporting infrastructure for various codes.

“This facility will also be the meeting place for not only new friendships, but the making of our nation’s future sporting stars.”

Lendlease’s Development Director for Springfield Rise, Ian Murray said the complex had been designed to be a central hub, catering to the needs of Greater Springfield’s thriving community.

“Sport is an important part of Australian culture and for good reason, it brings people together, fosters a sense of belonging, creates lasting friendships and a sense of pride,” Mr Murray said.

“We had a collective vison to create world-class amenity and top-quality infrastructure so it’s a major milestone to officially open the district’s largest sporting precinct, in one of Queensland’s fastest growing corridors and right on the doorstep of our second master-planned community, Springfield Rise at Spring Mountain.

“The facilities will attract a diverse range of ages and sporting interests, as well as focusing on the lifestyle and benefits to generate a positive sense of health and wellbeing.

“The commitment to our precincts, strengthens our belief in creating the best places and to encourage social interaction.”

Ipswich City Council interim administrator Greg Chemello said developers such as the Springfield City Group played an important role in shaping new and modern communities.

“Like most of the urban infrastructure in Greater Springfield, these sporting fields were funded by developer contributions and the facilities handed to council,” Mr Chemello said.

“These new sporting fields are set to be home to numerous sporting clubs and will no doubt see the emergence of a new generation of sporting stars.

“More importantly, they’ll provide the catalyst for an active and healthy community.

“It is therefore important – when planning for our future – that council and developers incorporate the necessary community infrastructure for the waves of new residents across the city.”

A grand opening event will take place on Sunday, October 13 from 10am-1pm, with a guest appearance from Brisbane Heat Big Bash cricketer Chris Lynn.

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