Miles Labor Government ‘kicks in’ $10 million for North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct proposal

Published Saturday, 02 March, 2024 at 01:45 PM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Minister for Tourism and Sport
The Honourable Michael Healy

  • Miles Government commits $10 million for proposed North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct.
  • Proposed 12,000 seat mid-size fit-for-purpose stadium for Ipswich.
  • Planned redevelopment would deliver better facilities for community and elite sport.

Ipswich could soon have a national-standard sport and recreation precinct, with the Miles Government committing $10 million to the proposed redevelopment of sporting facilities at North Ipswich.

A proposal to redevelop North Ipswich Reserve includes plans to build a 12,000 capacity mid-size fit-for-purpose rectangular stadium with upgraded facilities for high performance sports and more inclusive facilities for both community and elite sport.

As a key economic and lifestyle asset for Queensland’s fastest growing city, the upgraded North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct would also increase Ipswich’s ability to attract and host major sporting and cultural events.

The Miles Labor Government’s $10 million investment is in addition to the promised $20 million in Federal Government funding.

It's understood the Ipswich Council will also contribute $10 million towards the project. 

The State would seek to deliver the project in partnership with all three levels of government.

Following an agreement on funding and the development of a business case, steering and advisory groups would be established to confirm delivery costings, timeframes and construction requirements.

The North Ipswich Reserve currently has two rectangular training fields, a 6,000 capacity stadium, function centre, gymnasium and change rooms and is home to the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club and Ipswich Jets Netball Club.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“The Jets aren’t my QRL team but I’ve always admired their rugby league history and their big local following.

“Every time I’ve trekked out here to watch the Dolphins play I’ve thought how similar the two clubs are.

“And the Broncos would not be the club they are if it weren’t for Ipswich rugby league.

“I want Jets players and fans to have great facilities.

“Community sports teams are at the heart of our suburbs and cities, so it’s only right the next generation of sports stars can get the best start.

“Our $10 million investment will help bring the North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct proposal to life and deliver more inclusive infrastructure for the Ipswich community.

“The facility could also feature as a training ground for athletes in 2032, which would deliver legacy benefits to the region for decades to come.”

Quotes attributable to Lance McCallum, Member for Bundamba:

“This is a huge win for our community and the latest way the Miles Government is delivering for Ipswich.

“This investment will help progress a state-of-the-art facilities sport and entertainment precinct stadium fit to showcase our local champions, and cement Ipswich’s status as a premier destination for sporting and cultural events.”

Quotes attributable to Jennifer Howard, Member for Ipswich:

“I am really proud that our investment will help deliver inclusive sporting infrastructure, for the benefit of our whole community.

“This funding is a recognition of our city’s growth and potential, and I’m glad that the Miles Government is backing Ipswich.”

Quotes can be attributed to Charis Mullen, Member for Jordan:

“This precinct will be an amazing asset for the Ipswich region.

“This $10 million investment is recognition of one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions and I’m honoured to be part of a government that acknowledges the importance of that.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Rugby League Chairman Bruce Hatcher:

“Ipswich is rugby league heartland, producing some of the finest quality players, coaches, and administrators over the years.

“Rugby league in Ipswich forms a critical part of our statewide footprint and securing this funding will provide a massive boost for participants and supporters in the region.”

Quotes attributable to Sports Minister Michael Healy:

“The addition of a boutique stadium in Ipswich, would give Queensland’s fastest growing city a real advantage in attracting and hosting major sporting and cultural events.

“On our way to quickly becoming the major events capital of Australia, we know the benefits that hosting large events brings to regions, boosting visitor economies and creating good local jobs.”

“This redevelopment will deliver more inclusive and accessible sporting infrastructure, which is vital in driving participation levels because we want to see more Queensland girls and boys more active.

“I know the galvanizing power of sport and recognise the ability it has to unite communities that lead to better outcomes for Queensland families.”