What is the location and size of the precinct site?
The precinct site is located at 277-293 Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton and is approximately 101ha in size.
Why was this site chosen?
A Sports Facilities Plan for the southern region of Redlands Coast identified a number of potential sites. The Heinemann Road site was considered most appropriate and purchased by Council for this purpose. Additionally, a large portion of the site was purchased by environmental levy funds for conservation purposes.
Why would Council develop land that is subject to flooding?
The site was purchased for sport and recreation as well as conservation purposes and is only partly subject to flooding. Master planning considered the existing site character and natural values and the Concept Design has built on this, revealing dams capable of supplying water to irrigate the sports fields for at least 80 percent of the year as well as rehabilitated wetlands that will support habitat and environmental values.
How will the environmental impacts be managed?
The development is subject to Redland City Plan environmental significance planning provisions. Only the 47 hectare partially cleared area located to the northern end of the site is planned to be used for sport and recreation purposes. Considerate planning and sensitive design will minimise environmental impacts and see rehabilitation in some areas that had been affected by previous uses.
What are the next steps?
Council engaged a contractor to develop the Precinct Concept Design that was delivered in June 2021. The next step will be developing the Preliminary and Detailed design. Subject to funding and budget approvals, construction will be staged, with the first stage proposed to commence in 2022. Staging (determining when different works will take place) has not yet been determined.
How long until the precinct is up and running?
The project will be delivered in stages, which are yet to be determined. Proposed project completion dates will be subject to external funding opportunities and Council’s budget prioritisation process.
What level of stakeholder consultation and engagement was conducted during the master planning?
Consultation with clubs, neighbours and the general community was undertaken over four weeks in early 2020, with a community information session and eight pop-up information sessions held across Redlands Coast. Council then invited the primary tenant clubs to provide feedback and input during development of the Concept Design, and has worked closely with some to ensure fit-for-purpose facilities. Further, Council has committed to ensuring a high level of ongoing communications with clubs and other stakeholders.
Which sports and clubs will be accommodated at the precinct?
On 16 June 2021, Council confirmed the primary tenants at the Precinct would be Redlands Touch Association, Redlands Rugby League Club, Redlands BMX Club and Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club. There will be 13 touch football fields, three rugby league fields, a BMX track and a criterium track incorporating three loops.
Why these sports?
Master planning revealed that the partially cleared, north-eastern side of the site was best suited to rectangular fields. It also identified city issues including the oversubscription at Pinklands Sporting Complex, the location of Redlands BMX, the loss of functional time at Cleveland Showgrounds due to sharing of fields and event space, and noted the increasing number of cyclists in Redlands Coast without a clubhouse or safe training facilities. Further, the synergies between touch football and rugby league were acknowledged, and the potential to allow both codes to share fields was identified as an opportunity.
What will happen to the facilities vacated by clubs relocating to the precinct?
Council plans to undertake transformation planning at the three sites vacated by the Precinct’s primary tenant clubs. These sites include the Norm Price Park (Redland Showgrounds), Pinklands Sporting Complex and Degen Road, Capalaba.
At Cleveland, the land vacated by Redlands Touch Association will allow Redland Showgrounds to embrace its true identity as the city’s premier events space, with more land and time available to host festivals, concerts and expos, bringing cultural and financial benefits to the city.
When Redlands Rugby League Club moves from Pinklands Sporting Complex at Thornlands, the netball and equestrian facilities could be expanded with the option to create more car parking spaces, while also considering better functionality at the southern end of the site for the smaller clubs located there, which include Redlands Modern Country Music Club, Yurara Art Society and Redland Bridge Club.
At Degen Road in Capalaba, the relocation of Redlands BMX from land adjacent to the PCYC could open up a site to accommodate expanded indoor facilities for rapidly growing and highly popular sports such as basketball and gymnastics.
How will neighbouring residents and businesses be affected during construction?
Council will engage with local residents and businesses throughout project delivery to minimise impacts on them. Measures to manage issues such as noise and dust will be part of Council’s and contractors’ approved work methods.
How will neighbouring residents and businesses be affected when the precinct is up and running?
Precinct management arrangements are yet to be determined and design details will aim to minimise potential issues or conflicts. Council has established customer contact options for residents and businesses to use.
Will the precinct be fully fenced?
Parks and open spaces are usually not fully fenced so they can be easily accessible for the community to enjoy. However, fencing/barriers will be used to manage safe movement of pedestrians and in accordance with various sports code requirements.
Is water play incorporated in the Concept Design?
The recreation sub-precinct will include an all abilities regional level playground that allows for zero-depth interactive water play and nature play opportunities. Also in the recreation sub-precinct is a pump track and a kickabout space.
Rather than building a new precinct, why isn’t Council upgrading the existing sport and recreation facilities?
Council’s Open Space Strategy 2026 recommends undertaking initiatives to acquire and develop suitable land on Redlands Coast to accommodate current demand and future growth. Further, consultation activities and investigations of the site during the master planning process revealed that the precinct cannot meet all the sport and recreation needs of Redlands Coast.
Council has therefore commenced work to identify other opportunities to support sport and recreation activities through optimising existing facilities, redeveloping vacated facilities, negotiating space within new residential land developments, and acquiring new land.
Will the heavily wooded bushland at the southern end of the site be retained?
Yes, the southern part of the site has been set aside primarily for conservation values. However, trails for walking, mountain biking and horse riding will offer recreational activity and connections as well as help with land management.
Will tree planting offsets occur?
Council aims to carry out tree offset planting within the precinct (where possible), to the required standards and expectations of the community.
How much tree clearing will occur and how will the sport and recreation activities impact the koala population?
Tree clearing will be limited to the partially cleared area located to the northern portion of the site, and the retention of trees has been a consideration in the concept design phase. Other concerns such as light pollution will be considered during the detailed design phase of the project. Specific mitigation strategies (e.g. reflectors, light pole orientation etc.) will be used to minimise any impacts.