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New Perry Park sports facility encourages community to ‘Get in the Game’
New multi-use community sporting facilities have been opened at Brisbane's Perry Park.
The venue, once the home of football in the Queensland capital, was reopened by Queensland Recreation and Sport Minister Steve Dickson following an $11 million refurbishement which has transformed the formerly ageing facility into a multi-purpose community indoor sport and recreation centre providing courts and facilities for football, netball, basketball and futsal.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Dickson explained "Perry Park has long been considered the spiritual home of soccer in Brisbane, and this great new facility has given the grounds a much needed facelift.
"The opportunities for community involvement Perry Park now offers are enormous, with the YMCA set to offer programs ranging from weight training and indoor cycling to children's gymnastics and vacation care.
"Meanwhile, the Brisbane Strikers have been given the infrastructure to take soccer forward in South East Queensland and the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association will also be helped with accessible training grounds, rather than travelling outside Brisbane to practice."
Minister Dickson said the Queensland Government had contributed $4 million towards the new centre, adding "I congratulate everyone who has provided funding to make this facility a reality, particularly the YMCA of Brisbane."
The redevelopment was advanced by a joint venture between the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, YMCA and the Clem Jones Group, as a community sports central hub for the growing Bowen Hills community, which is expected to increase by 10,000 residents in the next 10 to 20 years.
The Queensland Government's $4 million contribution came from its Major Facilities Program with the remaining cost will be shared between YMCA ($2.5 million), Brisbane City Council ($2.2 million) and the Clem Jones Group ($2 million).
Owned by Brisbane City Council, and with the Brisbane Strikers having a lease on the site that extends into the next decade, management of the site has now been signed over to the YMCA with the Strikers staying on as head tenants on a sub-lease.
Minister Dickson used the opening to highlight the Queensland Government's $16 million Get in the Game initiative, stating "we want all Queenslanders to get involved in sport from an early age and have access to sporting opportunities wherever they live in Queensland.
"That's why we've committed to supporting them through our ... Get in the Game initiative.
"Get in the Game is about providing better equipment and facilities at the grassroots and giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the chance to get involved with sport."
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