Brothers junior players from left, Will Stoddart, 8, Jack McAteer, 11, and Dylan McAteer, 8, and rear from left, junior coaching and development officer Jason Connors, Rachel Nolan MP, Brothers Leagues Club general manager Mark Hennelly, and sport and recreation coordinator Sarah Cassin.
Brothers junior players from left, Will Stoddart, 8, Jack McAteer, 11, and Dylan McAteer, 8, and rear from left, junior coaching and development officer Jason Connors, Rachel Nolan MP, Brothers Leagues Club general manager Mark Hennelly, and sport and recreation coordinator Sarah Cassin. David Nielsen

Brothers gets fields of dreams

BROTHERS' long-awaited South Station Road field development should be completed next year.

The club received nearly $600,000 from the State Government to develop the vacant land, which the club has owned since the late 1990s, into three fields.

The new grounds will allow Brothers to host some of Queensland rugby league's premier schoolboy carnivals.

Brothers Leagues Club general manager Mark Hennelly said the addition of three extra fields would see the club in the running to host competitions like the 40-school Confraternity Cup.

The development will see three additional fields built on land the club owns off South Station Road just south of David W Coultas Park.

"This opens the grounds up for more community events," Mr Hennelly said.

"Schools will be able to use it and carnivals that we haven't been able to host before we'll be able to run.

"We're over the moon about receiving the money."

The money was granted to Brothers as part of the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program.

State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the development would provide more playing fields in a growing part of Ipswich.

"There is a real need for sporting facilities in this growing side of Ipswich," Ms Nolan said.

"This is great news not only for Brothers Leagues Club but the community as a whole and I'm sure this announcement will be well received."

"Brothers have been looking to do this for a long time," she said.

"Ipswich locals love their sport and we want to encourage them to get involved in sport and recreation by providing new and improved facilities."

The state government grant of $598,335 will be supplemented by $300,000 from Brothers.



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