Logan City Council supports Football Queensland’s bid for State funding to upgrade its new home at Meakin Park
Published: 31 August 2015
Logan City Council supports Football Queensland's bid for State funding to upgrade its new home at Meakin Park.
Logan City Council will write to the Queensland Government in support of a submission from Football Queensland to be provided with $1.3 million in funding from the profits generated by Australia hosting the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year.
Queensland hosted a total of seven matches during Asia's biggest sporting event, including the Socceroos' Quarter-Final win over China PR.
Football Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Foster said the funding would be earmarked to upgrade two pitches to international standard at the new Home of Football in Queensland at Meakin Park at Slacks Creek, Logan.
"Since moving to Meakin Park in March this year we've invested more than a quarter of a million dollars in existing facilities and the next step is to upgrade the playing fields so that we can host national and international matches," Mr Foster said.
"The planned upgrade to install two synthetic pitches will cost approximately $2.6 million so we will be looking to the state government to distribute some of the profits generated when Football Federation Australia staged the Asian Cup in January."
Sports and Community Services Committee Chair, Cr Russell Lutton said Logan City Council would support the application for additional funding.
"Football Queensland has made the city of Logan its new home and Logan City Council is keen to support this application," he said.
"Brisbane Roar and Queensland state teams already train at the facility and there is a high level of participation in the sport in Logan.
Football Queensland intends to now lodge its application with the state government with a view to commencing upgrade work as soon as funding can be secured.
"Our needs are immediate as many affiliate clubs in the Logan region are at capacity and having to turn players away," Mr Foster said.
"We hope to work closely with them and grow participation particularly in the social and female football spaces."