Plans for a new community and administration facility for the Broncos have been approved by Brisbane City Council.
Located on the former Ithaca TAFE campus, the project which is known as the Training, Administration and Community Facility is a key part of the Broncos strategic plan of integrating strongly with the community.
Plans for the facility include a full sized training field open to the community, a three storey building and more than 130 parking spaces.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the new project will benefit the local community and encourage residents to get behind the city’s much loved rugby league team.
“Red Hill has been home to the Broncos since the team first played back in 1988 and the club has always had a strong connection with the local community and this project ensures they remain at their spiritual home.”
Broncos Chief Executive Paul White said the club was very grateful to the Council and that the facility will be a cornerstone for the clubs future.
“The Broncos aspire to be champions not just on the field, but in the community through our game development, education, employment and health programs. This development will be a cornerstone of our future, and those aspirations.”
The approval by Council comes after the application was lodged in December and a community consultation which was held during February.
The football field will be open to the public when not in use by the Broncos and provide a key greenspace for the inner city location.
The ground level will include to the entry lobby, a retail store and a café. Whilst level two will contain coaching staff offices and player meeting areas as well as a community education centre that will be open to and used by primary schools and community groups. The third level will house the administration offices for the Brisbane Broncos.
Other features of the facility include:
- a contemporary three storey administration and training building;
- a large, dedicated community room available for daily use;
- a high-spec lecture theatre shared between the football department and the
- 116m long (between dead ball lines) and 68m wide full sized training field;
- 133 car parking spaces, including three spaces for people with disabilities;
- training facilities include gymnasium, sports medicine and rehabilitation areas;
- a 6m high retractable netting structure to protect Fulcher Rd from stray footballs.