Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has today helped launch construction of the $25 million North Lakes Sports Club.
The Treasurer joined officials from the Caboolture Sports Club Limited, the group behind the establishment of the Club which will be the first major club to be built on a greenfield site in over 18 years.
“North Lakes Sports Club will provide a focal point for the surrounding community, providing local sporting teams and not-for-profit community groups with the facilities they needed in the fast-growing area,” Mr Pitt said.
The project will generate 100 jobs during construction, with a further 120 ongoing hospitality jobs and an estimated $4.5 million spend per year with Queensland suppliers once complete.
Caboolture Sports Club Limited CEO Kelvin Patch said the location had been selected due to the strong demand for a community club in the North Lakes area.
“Our research and consultation with the local community has seen a great deal of excitement about the facility and the support it will provide back to local sporting and community groups,” Mr Patch said.
“North Lakes Sports Club will boast a range of modern, family friendly facilities including a 300 seat restaurant, outdoor alfresco deck, café, kids club, gaming and entertainment facilities as well as meeting and function rooms.
“It will provide the North Lakes and surrounding area with a new social, dining and entertainment hub to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”
As the first soil was turned on the project, the logo for the North Lakes Sports Club was also unveiled.
“We believe the design blends perfectly and vibrance and energy that the Club will offer with the representation of the support to community and sporting groups that our club will provide,” Mr Patch said.
Clubs Queensland CEO, Doug Flockhart joined Caboolture Sports Club for the sod turn and was excited by the Government’s announcement that clubs are to be taxed on a per site, rather than a per license basis.
“This is an absolute game changer for community clubs as it will bolster development, growth and will assist with the creation of new venues such as North Lakes Sports Club and the sustainability of older, smaller operations,” Mr Flockhart said.
Construction of the North Lakes Sports Club is expected to take ten months, with the Club set to open its doors to members and the public in March 2017.