Construction of a new clubhouse and amenities at Ironbark Park is now complete, providing a welcome boost for Ripley Valley Football Club during registration for the 2024 season.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the $2.18 million project was part of Ipswich City Council’s commitment to supporting an active and connected community.
“A new clubhouse and supporting infrastructure at South Ripley is critical to meeting demand and I look forward to seeing local clubs enjoying their modern facilities throughout the 2024 season ahead.”
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann MP said:
“These facilities will ensure the Ripley Valley Football Club can expand in line with community demands and help them provide affordable sport and adequate facilities for the juniors, mens and womens teams.”
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said council’s investment in community facilities was critical to meeting the needs of a young and thriving population.
“Beyond our major roadworks and waste initiatives, it’s important that our sporting clubs and community groups have fit-for-purpose fields, parks, and infrastructure to meet the needs of a young and active
Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said the new facilities featured toilets and showers, amenities, facilities for people with disabilities and an office.
“There’s also a meeting room, storage area, amenities for referees, new footpaths and a commercial quality canteen – everything for local clubs and families to enjoy a friendly match or a serious tournament,” Cr Ireland said.
VFC president David ‘Willow’ Wilson said the new facilities would benefit the community greatly.
“The new facility is great and the dedicated changerooms and amenities will particularly benefit the girls and women, who previously had to get changed with towels,” he said.
- Ironbark Park was South Ripley’s first major sports ground, home to the Ripley Valley Football Club (RVFC) seniors, women’s and junior teams.
- RVFC has grown from 80 members in its first year to more than 400.
- The club has more than 30 junior teams and eight senior teams.
- The $2.18 million project was part of Ipswich City Council’s commitment to supporting an active and connected community.
- This project is co-funded by a $1 million commitment from the Australian Government through the Investing in Our Communities Program.