Where's Labor? Mayor calls for funding commitment match
MAYOR Andrew Antoniolli has called on the Labor Party to match other party's funding commitments for a new stadium at Springfield.
The call comes less than 48-hours from Election Day, where the Labor Party is facing an uphill battle to retain power.
The LNP yesterday committed $15 million for the project.
Today, One Nation candidate for Jordan Michael Pucci made the same commitment.
Cr Antoniolli said the proposed Brisbane Lions AFL administration base, training facility and stadium for Springfield Central needed bi-partisan support.
"I am strongly encouraging the Labor Party to match the election commitment made by the LNP of $15 million towards the 10,000 to 15,000 seat stadium," Cr Antoniolli said.
"Springfield Central is also earmarked as the headquarters for the Lions AFLW team.
"This will be a significant boost for women's sport nationally.
"Importantly, we need a commitment from all levels of government to bring the stadium to Ipswich and the western corridor."
WITH just three days to go until polling day one major party has thrown its support behind the push for a new AFL stadium west of Brisbane.
Today the LNP pledged $15 million towards the construction of the high-performance training centre at Springfield, which has been heavily campaigned for since at least 2013.
The construction project would create 242 followed by 760 permanent positions.
The new ground is to be opened by 2020, although a funding commitment from the Federal Government is yet to come.
Independent candidates in Jordan have also committed to the project in the lead up to the state election.
While the Labor State Government has offered verbal support for the new stadium, it is yet to make any official announcements confirming it will fund the project.
Ipswich Councillor David Morrison said discussions held with members of the Federal Government so far had also been "positive".
"But we would love to see that positivity become a funding commitment," Cr Morrison said.
The LNP made the $15 million pledge off the back of a successful season for the Brisbane Lion's women's team which last year finished a close second in the inaugural national competition.
LNP leader Tim Nicholls said the training facility would support elite female players while offering more support for grass roots teams.
"The Lions Reserve project provides a home ground to our elite female AFL team - which is what they deserve," Mr Nicholls said.
"This is not only a fair go for our women athletes, but it will create 242 jobs in construction and 760 once operational.
"Our Get in the Game policy from 2012 has helped to boost grass roots sport, with more than 100,000 Queensland girls playing AFL in 2017."
The project is supported by the AFL, and its state counterpart, along with Springfield Land Corporation, Ipswich City Council and Brisbane Lions.