Construction is well underway for new change rooms and public amenities for the popular Pinklands Sporting Complex in Thornlands.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the modular facility was currently being constructed offsite and was expected to be transported to Pinklands in early May.
“These change rooms and accessible toilets are essential to support the growth of sporting participation on Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.
“Pinklands hosts many hundreds of local and visiting athletes each week so I am delighted that Council is able to deliver additional amenities to support them in playing their chosen sport.”
The new facility, expected to be ready for use by the end of June, will provide two sports compliant change rooms and additional public toilets, including an accessible cubicle for people with a disability.
This more than $900,000 new facility has been part funded through Council’s COVID Infrastructure Recovery Program and $150,000 from the Queensland Government’s Department of Tourism, Innovation and Housing and Public Works (Sport and Recreation) as a 2020 Queensland Government election commitment.
“This facility is one of several sport and recreation projects that have been funded from Council’s million dollar COVID Infrastructure Recovery Program as part of our response to the disruptions and difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Williams said.
“The program is about strengthening community resilience and well-being and supporting economic and jobs recovery.
“All sporting participation is to be celebrated and encouraged and facilities like these are essential to support that growth.”
Member for Redlands Kim Richards said it was fantastic to see the new facilities take shape at the much-loved Pinklands sporting precinct.
“Sport really brings our community together across our Redlands Coast and these new facilities will provide much improved amenity for our young girls and women playing rugby league and netball at Pinklands,” Ms Richards said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is pleased to partner with Redland City Council to deliver better facilities for our rugby players, netball players and sports supporters.”
Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said he was delighted with the progress of the new facilities, which would specifically support Pinklands as a key Redlands venue for women’s sports.
“Pinklands is fundamental to female sports on Redlands Coast and these additional facilities will help to support community wellbeing and further encourage female participation in sport,” Cr Golle said.
“Installed in a central location, they will provide for the large number of sport and recreation users visiting Pinklands every week.”
In preparation for the installation at Pinklands, work has begun on the construction of a new connecting pathway and installation of services such as electricity and water.