A host of dignitaries were on hand at Underwood Park on Saturday morning as Rochedale Rovers were handed the keys to their brand-spanking-new upgraded facility.
A result of a $12.2 million collaboration between the State Government and Logan City Council, the upgraded facility incorporates a new clubhouse, dressing rooms and spectator facilities such as a grandstand and bar and canteen.
Logan City Council Mayor, Cr Darren Power said, “This has been a successful collaboration between the State Government, Council and the community. This is such a good thing for the City of Logan. Visitors from other councils will judge us on what they see. I love it.”
Minister for Sport and local member, the Hon Mick De Brenni stated, “This makes Underwood Park a great destination for sport but also for tourism as well. This facility will attract people from all over the state to attend events such as statewide tournaments.”
Paul Swindells, Rochedale Rovers President, was overjoyed with the club finally being able to move into their new home, “This recognises the efforts of the State Government and Council and the true potential of the community venue that is Underwood Park. It has been challenging but well worth the wait.”
Football Brisbane General Manager, Rafe Griffin was delighted with the investment that has been put into the venue. “What a wonderful collaboration between the State Government and Logan City Council, especially the efforts of local councillor Lisa Bradley who fought hard to ensure this project went ahead. It’s fantastic to see governments of all levels continue to invest in the sport and we look forward to seeing similar projects being implemented over the five council areas that Football Brisbane clubs operate in.”
Rochedale Rovers will share the facility with groups such as Meals on Wheels and the RATS Cycling Club with a space open to other community groups to host events.