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Ballymore upgrade finally over the line

12/05/2010 02:58:59 PM Comments (0)

Queensland's home of rugby union at Ballymore is set for a $100 million upgrade, including a new grandstand.

The Brisbane City Council on Tuesday night approved Queensland Rugby Union's development application, two years after it was submitted.

Development Assessment Deputy Chairman Krista Adams said a new grandstand for the southern end of the ground, as well as an extra playing field, community swimming pool, gym, office, sports medical centre and a 127-unit athletes' village had been approved for the site at Herston in Brisbane's northwest.

Cr Adams said the proposal had been strongly supported within the community, with almost 80 per cent in favour of the development out of 1439 submissions.

"Lord Mayor Campbell Newman's team remains committed to the retention of sport and recreation land across the city," she said in a statement.

"The Ballymore redevelopment increases the amount of sport and recreation with a third playing and training field and provides a community swimming pool that will remain accessible to the public.

"New cycle and walking paths through the site will also benefit the local community."

Cr Adams said additional onsite parking and an easement would also be created for the adjacent kindergarten to assist the drop-off and pick-up of children.

The development application went to council in September 2008.

Queensland Rugby Union has been allocated $4 million for the development from the state government.

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