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SPORTING HUB SET FOR OCTOBER 29 OPENING

RESILIENCE CENTRE AND SPORTING HUB SET FOR OCTOBER 29 OPENING

The Russell Island Resilience Centre and sporting hub will be officially opened on Thursday, October 29, at 10am.

A gala day of activities is being organised in association with the opening that is likely to include sporting competitions, safety displays and demonstrations, barbecues and more.

Cr Mark Edwards advises that the opening will be performed by Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams and she will be joined by Federal Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming.

The Federal Government contributed to the funding for the Resilience Centre.

The finishing touches are currently being put to the $1 million sports and resilience building.

Located specifically between the new Union Street sporting field and tennis and basketball courts, the quality and finish of the new centre, will surprise many.

Not only will the building serve as a central hub in times of island emergencies, but also as the sporting hub on Russell Island and for use by all islands. This is an all islands facility, not a Russell Island only facility and is available for everyone on our islands.

Cr Edwards believes the complex will have ‘considerable applications’ in other areas when completed.

“We have the potential here to develop something quite different and special, and I will be looking to obtain further funding for additional facilities at a later date,” he told The Friendly Bay Islander.

Mayor Karen Williams said : “Together these community facilities will create a social hub that encourages healthy activity and fosters community networks by providing for a wide range of interests.”

The project is jointly funded by Council and the Commonwealth Government who both provided $500,000, following on from the $2 million joint Council and State Government sports fields that were opened right next door in October 2013.

• Cr Edwards at the now completed resilience centre.

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