Warwick Redbacks president Keith Clarke is looking forward to the new AFL clubhouse being completed.
Warwick Redbacks president Keith Clarke is looking forward to the new AFL clubhouse being completed. Erin Smith

Clarke happy with clubhouse progress

WORK on Warwick's first Australian Football clubhouse is well under way for the start of the new season in March.

Construction of the new clubhouse on Jackie Howe Dr began eight weeks ago, and Keith Clarke, president of Warwick Credit Union Redbacks, is happy with the progress so far.

"Depending on the funding obviously, we hope to have the clubhouse finished by December at the earliest. However, at the latest it will be fully completed by the end of January," Mr Clarke said.

"The biggest blockade for us is the funding though; while I am driving the fundraiser, the State Government, due to cutbacks, have dropped the sports funding from $400,000 to $100,000 and this has put us behind the eight ball from the start."

However, he remains upbeat .

"The prospect is very exciting," he said.

"It is the first time the Warwick Australian Rules will have its own home ground and clubhouse, as previously we shared Slade Park with the cricket association, but the ground wasn't to AFL standards, so we had to move on".

"We are looking for any type of sponsorship, and we are registered with the Queensland Sports foundation, so any donation of $2 or more is refundable by tax."

The clubhouse will include home and away change rooms, umpires change room, canteen, bar area and a function room for the club.

Mr Clarke stressed that there was "nothing over the top or outlandish here".



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