OPENING CEREMONY: (From left) SDRC Mayor Peter Blundell, Redbacks president Keith Clarke, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and Redbacks vice-president Jason Wright.
OPENING CEREMONY: (From left) SDRC Mayor Peter Blundell, Redbacks president Keith Clarke, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and Redbacks vice-president Jason Wright. Erin Smith

Reddies’ pride and joy opened

IT HAS taken a lot of work, many hours and close to $900,000 but the Warwick Redbacks Aussie Rules clubhouse was officially declared open at the weekend.

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg was honoured to be given the job of cutting the red ribbon during Saturday's opening ceremony.

"I was privileged enough to be asked here 12 months ago to open one of the club's home games and the transformation of the clubhouse between now and then is just amazing," he said.

"The people responsible for the hours of hard work deserve extraordinary gratitude."

The new facility - featuring change rooms for both home and away teams, showers, toilets, a canteen and a function room - was dubbed one of the most impressive in the Darling Downs Aussie Rules competition by AFL Queensland development manager in the Darling Downs region Keith Webb.

A large crowd gathered on the balcony of the new clubhouse to watch as Lawrence Springborg cut the ribbon on Saturday.
A large crowd gathered on the balcony of the new clubhouse to watch as Lawrence Springborg cut the ribbon on Saturday.

"This is a first-class facility, one of the best sporting facilities in Warwick.

"It is fantastic for the club."

Redbacks president Keith Clarke said it would not have been possible without the hard work of vice-president Jason Wright, committee members and volunteers.

Mr Clarke said he was grateful for the money and support from the council.

"This facility would not be here without the Southern Downs Regional Council and their community loan system," he said.

The Queensland Government's Get Playing grant provided $100,000 in funding and AFL Queensland $50,000.

Development manager for AFL Queensland Keith Webb.
Development manager for AFL Queensland Keith Webb.


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