The Pine Hills Football Club (PHFC) is set to receive a new clubhouse within James Drysdale Reserve, after Moreton Bay Regional Council agreed in yesterday’s Council Coordination Committee Meeting to enter into a five-year community lease with the club for the former site of the Bunya Sports Club.
Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance said he was pleased to announce PHFC had been successful in obtaining a community lease for the facility, following news earlier this year that the Aspley Leagues Club would cease the operation of the Bunya Sports Club.
“A community lease with PHFC at this facility will deliver a great community outcome for both the club and local residents,” Cr Constance said.
“I know how important this facility is to the local community, which is why council worked as quickly as possible to undertake an expression of interest (EOI) process and find a new, suitable tenant.
“Through the EOI process, PHFC put forward a number of innovative options for how they could potentially manage the facility.”
PHFC President Mike Price said he was delighted by the news.
“PHFC are a proud member of the Hills District community and understand the importance and value of this facility to local residents,” Mr Price said.
“We are committed to maintaining access to the former Bunya Sports Club for the many community groups that have used it previously for their regular meetings and welcome the opportunity to hear from others that are looking for a meeting place.
“In the future, we hope that local residents and community groups will also consider the facility for various functions such as end of season awards nights and other events.”
PHFC’s Technical Director Will Allen said he was excited by the prospects for the club to expand its academy and training programs.
“Council’s endorsement of the lease opens up many opportunities for our club with a number of improvements and changes to our training programs in 2017,” Mr Allen said.
“We have a great working relationship with council – our fields and facilities are the envy of many and that is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of Moreton Bay Regional Council staff.”
Cr Constance said in order to assist the club with their expansion, council officers would support PHFC with the development of a new business plan, which will be reviewed annually.
“Council looks forward to working with PHFC to see improved utilisation of this facility and it once again playing an integral part in our community,” Cr Constance said.
“PHFC will still be able to access the facilities located adjacent to the playing fields which include change rooms and toilets which are essential for game days, and this new agreement will ensure moving in to 2017 many other local organisations will have a home as well.”
As part of council’s community leasing policy, community organisations access a range of facilities and need only pay a nominal amount of $1 per annum.
Back row L to R: Zack Fertjowski, Treasurer Gavin Richards, Technical Director Will Allan, President Mike Price and Cr Constance. Front row: Ethan, Ben and Lachlan Richards