10 August 2017
(Back L-R) The Lakes Football Club secretary Neil Kinsella, North Lakes Rugby League Club’s Laura Van Bruggen and North Lakes Mustangs Football Club President Chris McMahon with State Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting and Moreton Bay Regional Council Division Four Councillor Julie Greer.
Rugby league and soccer players in North Lakes kicked a big goal over the weekend with the official opening of the new $3.48 million Kinsellas Sports Complex, thanks to a joint partnership between Moreton Bay Regional Council and the State Government.
Featuring two full-size fields, one junior field and a 500m2 clubhouse, the Kinsellas Sports Complex project, was jointly funded by council and the State Government.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the multi-million dollar new sporting complex, regarded as one of Moreton Bay’s premier district level facilities, would be well utilised by the growing North Lakes community and the players, coaches, staff and supporters of the North Lakes Rugby League Football Club , North Lakes Mustangs Football Club and The Lakes Football Club.
“With North Lakes recently named Australia’s Best Master Planned Community, touted as Queensland’s fastest growing area in the 2016 Census, and recognised by the state government as an area of regional economic significance, I have no doubt that the delivery of major new sporting infrastructure like this it will continue to be one of the most exciting places to live, work and play well into the future,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“I would like to acknowledge the State Government and its Get Playing Program, whose $722,900 contribution has helped build Kinsellas Sports Complex clubhouse, road works and field lighting.
“The clubhouse is a modern, well designed building equipped with four change rooms, a club room, kitchen, administration, first aid, official’s room and toilets, in addition to solar panels on the roof to reduce energy costs for the facility.
“From an elevated position, the clubhouse looks out over the playing fields, the facility also includes a large storage shed for the user groups and field lights giving user groups the ability to train and hold matches at night."
Mayor Sutherland said the multi-million dollar investment reinforced council’s commitment to delivering sport and recreation facilities to help local residents lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
This financial year, council will invest close to $30 million in park, sport and recreation capital projects across the region and a further $46.5 million towards operations and maintenance,” he said.
“We are planning to cater for ongoing growth in junior and senior sport with the proposed development of the new Griffin Sports Complex.
“Earlier this year, council also partnered with the Caboolture Sports Club Group to help manage and maintain three major facilities (Kinsellas, Aurora Boulevard and Woodside grounds) on behalf of eight local sporting clubs: North Lakes Mustangs Football Club, The Lakes Football Club, North Lakes Rugby League Football Club, North Lakes Oztag, North Lakes Leopards Junior Rugby Club, The Lakes Cricket Club, Redcliffe Triathlon Club and Lakers Softball Club.”
State Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting, said he was proud the Queensland Government was able to provide over $700,000 towards the project to deliver much-needed local sporting infrastructure for North Lakes and surrounding communities.
“It’s been a big priority as the Local Member for this area to make sure our local sporting clubs get the assistance they need,” Mr Whiting said.
“I’m pleased to work closely with council to deliver this much-needed clubhouse and associated infrastructure that caters for our local sporting clubs.
“Our local sporting clubs in North Lakes do an outstanding job every week to cater for young people wanting to kick a ball and play with their friends. I’d like to say a big thank you to the mums and dads who bring their kids to training and games every week, and the parents who go that extra mile volunteering as coaches, referees, club officials and to staff the canteen - you all do an outstanding job.”
Division Four Councillor Julie Greer said she was thrilled to officially open the new Kinsellas Sports Complex.
“North Lakes is home to a growing multi-code sports community, and the new complex has been specially-designed with adaptability in mind, meaning both the clubhouse and fields can be used for rugby league, soccer and a number of other sports - both at a junior and senior-level perspective,” Cr Greer said.
“The incredible growth in the junior and senior player numbers at the Kinsellas Sports Complex demonstrates just how popular local sports continues to be in our community, and I’m pleased to be working on plans for a new sporting complex at Griffin to help cater for ongoing growth.”
North Lakes Mustangs Football Club president Chris McMahon said the Kinsellas Sports Complex was a first class asset that would comfortably cater for the club’s growing membership.
“In the last few years our membership has doubled and we now have over 600 members, which is phenomenal and means there’s plenty of interest of young people wanting to play football,” Mr McMahon said.
“We are really impressed by the size of the clubhouse; it’s very large and there’s plenty of storage as well.
“To top it all off, the complex has great access with beautiful walk ways.”