Play­ers want Li­ons club

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

GREATER Spring­field AFL play­ers and lo­cal politi­cians are ral­ly­ing for a com­mit­ment to the pro­posed Bris­bane Li­ons Spring­field sta­dium.

Spring­field Storm pres­i­dent Luke Play­fair said there cur­rently weren’t enough green spa­ces in the area for the sport and the de­vel­op­ment would be a great as­set to the com­mu­nity.

“I’m ex­tremely happy the Li­ons have con­sid­ered Spring­field for this project, be­cause it will not only ben­e­fit Spring­field but also strengthen AFL through­out the wider Ip­swich re­gion,” Mr Play­fair said.

“A lot of ex­cite­ment comes from our girls too who are look­ing for­ward to hope­fully hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity of get­ting a men­tor­ship and be­ing to be able to watch the AFLW train­ing regimes and to build re­la­tion­ships with the play­ers which would be fan­tas­tic for us.”

In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates for the seat of Jor­dan Phil Cut­cliffe and Steve Hodgson have also thrown their sup­port be­hind the cam­paign.

“If I’m elected I would be us­ing that as lever­age to show sup­port for our com­mu­nity and ask­ing the State gov­ern­ment to com­mit to their $15 mil­lion dol­lar prom­ise,” Mr Cut­cliffe said.

“It will be great for jobs and for young peo­ple and will also con­trib­ute to the carpark is­sue at Spring­field Cen­tral train sta­tion.

“I think the eco­nomic ben­e­fits to small busi­ness in the area will be phe­nom­e­nal, plus it’s good to pro­mote more fe­male sport, as well as an­other great fa­cil­ity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether,” Mr Hodgson said.

Bris­bane Li­ons ma­jor projects man­ager Jake An­son said there was a crit­i­cal need to se­cure State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“We need this fund­ing so we can de­liver it for the 2020 AFL Women’s sea­son and it will also cre­ate more than 1,000 new jobs in Spring­field and the western cor­ri­dor.”


LIFT­ING SPIR­ITS: Spring­field Aussie Rules play­ers (from left) Grace Ah Young, Shakira Horner and Tyra Pula leap for joy with can­di­date for Jor­dan Phil Cut­cliffe, Kim­berly Rook­wood and Luke Play­fair of Greater Spring­field Sports, and can­di­date for...

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