Two new full-size sports ovals for Ormeau will be finished for the 2013 AFL season after work started on the $3 million project this week.
The ovals adjacent to Stockland’s Ormeau Ridge community have also been confirmed as the new home ground for rapidly growing junior club, the Ormeau Bulldogs.
Up to six junior games will be run concurrently on the ovals each Saturday morning during football season, as teams from surrounding areas also take advantage of the new fields.
The Ormeau sports ovals are an initiative of the Gold Coast City Council and have been funded by Stockland as a way for contributions paid on its Ormeau Ridge community to be spent in the local area.
Division 1 Councillor Donna Gates turned the first sod on the project today with a golden shovel. Representatives of Stockland and the Bulldogs were also on hand for the occasion.
Stockland Regional Manager, Michael Stone, said he was delighted Stockland was able to provide such an exciting and much-needed facility for the Ormeau community.
“These two first-class ovals will host AFL matches in the football season and also be suitable for cricket in the summer,’’ Mr Stone said.
“The Ormeau Bulldogs is a deserving club that will put the ovals to good use,’’ he said. “Several of the club’s players are also residents of our Ormeau Ridge community and some of our dads are in the Bulldogs’ masters squad.
“We look forward to seeing hundreds of local children getting active and having fun right here when the season kicks off next April.”
Cr Gates said Ormeau was one of Queensland’s fastest growing areas and needed important new community assets such as the twin sports ovals.
“The Ormeau Bulldogs Junior AFL Club has grown amazingly quickly since it started in 2009 due to the popularity of the sport and its hardworking volunteers,’’ she said.
“Gold Coast City Council is committed to providing excellent facilities such as this for the benefit of all residents in this exciting growth region.’’
Until now, the Bulldogs home games have been held at either Norfolk Village State School or Pacific Pines. In 2013, the club will have teams from 5-year-olds through to under 13’s, at least one masters squad for players aged over 33, and a newly formed cheerleader group.
Club president Jarrod Ray said the Bulldogs were absolutely thrilled to be getting their own home grounds.
“We will be able to have up to four junior games operating on one field each Saturday morning and two matches on the other,’’ Mr Ray said. “We will then hold the older age group matches using the whole field.’’
“High quality flat grounds that allow everyone in the club to be together are what we’ve really needed and now this is happening thanks to the Council and Stockland.’’
Healthy outdoor living is a major focus of Ormeau Ridge, which has its own 1-hectare central park with tennis courts, adventure playground, barbeques and kick-about areas. Around 40 per cent of the community will be dedicated to natural bush and green space.
The community will also have a commercial hub with coffee shop, future child care centre and other retailers.
For more information, visit the Ormeau Ridge Sales and Information Centre off Upper Ormeau Road, call (07) 5546 6425 or go to www.stockland.com.au/ormeauridge.
Pictured: Ormeau Bulldogs’ Lilly Garrett, Ella Furlong, Oliver Garrett, Gwen Gillespie, Thomas Ray and Will Hamilton with Stockland’s Michael Stone and Cr Donna Gates