Lions' den is closer

WITH work on the Girraween Sports Precinct clubhouse about to crank up, this swish new facility promises a membership bonanza for the Noosa Lions Football Club.

Lions president Phil Townsend said the start of construction it “could not have come at better time” as the club looked to position Noosa as the Sunshine Coast’s football powerbase with the move from a rather cramped Tewantin base to Sunshine Beach.

“I anticipate this (sports facility) will lead to a 20% growth in membership, just from the new location,” Mr Townsend said last week.

“We can recruit as far down as Coolum and we’ll certainly have net gains.

“We’re going away to take away that power from Buderim and Maroochydore.”

Club secretary Phil Aland said the clubhouse and fields, which should be ready for next season, would make “a fantastic complex”.

“The works that council are putting into it will bring it up to a standard where we can promote good football,” he said. “We’ve got seven teams in the finals this year and with better fields that can only improve.”

The football club will share the complex with the Noosa Little Athletics and whatever cycling bodies are attracted to the new track.

“You’ve just got state-of-the-art facilities for the (football) club to move in and just start kicking balls from day one – a lot of clubs have to come in and try and put all this in place,” Mr Aland said.

Project manager Luke Quinlivan hopes to have the clubhouse built in 17 weeks for a December 16 completion, but the weather might have the last say on that deadline.

The single-storey clubhouse will have four top-class change rooms and a club room to sit 100 people.

“There will also be two offices, a first aid and referees room, toilet and shower facilities, an under-cover storage area, and a kitchen and kiosk for after-game get-togethers,” Cr Russell Green said.

“This sleek modern building is perfectly positioned to give spectators the best view of the games, all in the comfort and shade of the clubhouse.”

This year turfing, irrigation and landscape works have been completed, field lighting recently installed and tested, and work on the entrance arch over the future criterium track nearing completion.