Flagstone’s talking footy

FLAGSTONE’S new million dollar playing fields are open for business and local footy fans couldn’t wait to have their first run on the park.

FOOTY: Travis Ritchie, 6, and brother Ryan, 3, take a run on the new Flagstone oval.

FOOTY: Travis Ritchie, 6, and brother Ryan, 3, take a run on the new Flagstone oval.

The Ritchie family have called Flagstone home for five years. Dad Devron and his three sons are keen supporters of junior rugby league.

“Everyone in the area is talking about the new grounds,” Devron said.

“They look excellent and it’s great for the kids to have a place so close to home where they can train and enjoy their footy.”

Flagstone developer Peet Limited has called for expressions of interest from clubs and sports groups interested in using the new grounds on Flagstonian Drive.

Peet Limited chief executive and managing director Brendan Gore said the playing fields had been fast-tracked because they were a big priority for the community. A booking system would ensure everyone had access to the ground.

“Peet and our partners MTAA Super are spending a million dollars to give local clubs a place to train and host visiting games,” he said.

“The Greater Flagstone Development Scheme didn’t allow for a ground like this to be built for some years yet but sport is a great way to bring a new community together and our local clubs need a home.”

The two-hectare reserve has three playing areas with grassed seating and off-street parking.

The main field is set up with line markings and goal posts for rugby league, and would suit other sports, such as touch football or soccer. Two smaller fields are available for sports like netball or junior soccer.

In the future, district and regional sports facilities will be built throughout Flagstone and these fields will become part of the city centre.

The new fields are available for local clubs, fitness groups and anyone who wants to enjoy a social kick around. For more information, or to book time on the ground, email flagstone@peet.com.au.