New lights, changerooms part of upgrades to Browns Plains State School in $900,000 spend

RUGBY union players and school kids can take to the field under new lights, with changerooms, toilets, a canteen and clubhouse part of a makeover at Browns Plains State School.

OFFICIAL: Browns Plains State High School sports captains and students open the new changerooms with Treasurer Cameron Dick.

OFFICIAL: Browns Plains State High School sports captains and students open the new changerooms with Treasurer Cameron Dick.

More than $900,000 has been spent at the school. The infrastructure will also be used by Browns Plains Mets Rugby Union Club players.

The club has entered a 10-year partnership with the school.

"Our long-term partnership will have a positive impact on our students, our families and our wider community," school principal Wuanita Meyrick said.

"As well as supporting the club, these facilities will allow our P&C to make use of our school oval for day or night events and fundraisers."

Browns Plains Mets Junior Rugby Union Club president Denise Te Popo said it's wonderful the club now finally has a secure, safe home for its young community.

"We can expand our training options, gain more members and host carnivals for rugby union, rugby sevens and other sports," Ms Te Popo said.

"The canteen and clubhouse will allow us to stabilise financially to ensure lower fees for our children so they can enjoy the sports they love."

Treasurer and Woodridge MP Cameron Dick said the initiative ensured sports infrastructure in communities like Browns Plains was best utilised.

"What we're doing with our Community Use of Schools Program pilot is unlocking gates and opening up facilities so more Queenslanders can benefit from our government's significant infrastructure investments," Mr Dick said.

"The Mets rugby club has entered into a 10-year partnership with Browns Plains State School, so a whole generation of players and students will get to run out under the lights and enjoy these brand new facilities."

As Planning Minister, Mr Dick approved the ministerial infrastructure designation for the project last July.

"Construction continued despite the pandemic, keeping local tradies in work to ensure the facilities would be delivered by deadline," he said.

"These types of projects have been vital for our COVID economic recovery, creating secure employment in Queensland communities during what's been an incredibly turbulent time around the world."

Education Minister Grace Grace said schools were joining with local sports and recreation clubs so both can access quality facilities.

"Through this program we're showing that funding infrastructure based on shared facilities is a model that works," Ms Grace said.

"Students will naturally build connections with their local sporting clubs, while the clubs themselves can cater for growing demand by utilising new training spaces."

The government spent $832,102 on the facilities. Logan City Council contributed $50,000 and the school chipped in $30,000.

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