Million-Dollar Pledge to Enhance Brisbane’s Sports Clubs  in Yeronga, Other Suburbs

Leyshon Park Yeronga
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A million-dollar commitment to upgrade facilities at various sporting grounds and parks in Brisbane, including Yeronga, has been unveiled amidst the city’s increasing demand for quality sporting infrastructure.

The $1.8-million plan will include replacing outdated halogen lights with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient LED lights at seven key parks utilized by 11 sporting clubs citywide. 

This strategic investment not only promises to modernise lighting infrastructure but also holds the potential to yield substantial financial savings for community clubs. With estimated annual electricity bill savings of up to $4000 per club, the initiative aims to alleviate financial burdens, empowering clubs to direct resources towards enhancing grassroots sporting initiatives and community engagement.

Moreover, the transition to LED bulbs is projected to deliver significant environmental benefits, with a staggering 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per location. This substantial decrease translates to an equivalent of emissions from an average Brisbane household over a year, underlining the initiative’s contribution toward the city’s broader sustainability goals.

Leyshon Park, Yeronga

Among the prominent locations slated for lighting upgrades is Leyshon Park, nestled in the heart of Yeronga and serving as the cherished home ground for the esteemed Yeronga Eagles Football Club (YEFC). This green space holds a special place in the hearts of residents and sporting enthusiasts alike.

Beyond its lush fields and pristine facilities, Leyshon Park is a melting pot of camaraderie, diversity, and sporting excellence, where individuals from all walks of life converge to celebrate the joy of football.

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YEFC has been synonymous with passion, dedication, and sporting prowess for decades, nurturing generations of athletes and fostering a sense of belonging within the community. Guided by a steadfast commitment to inclusivity and opportunity, the club’s mission is to provide football pathways for both seasoned players and eager newcomers.

The rest of the parks included in this initiative are:

  1. Bill Cash Memorial Park, Cannon Hill 
  2. D.M. Henderson Park, Sunnybank
  3. Gibson Park, Stafford
  4. Giffin Park, Coorparoo
  5. Keperra Picnic Ground Park, Ferny Grove
  6. Mitchelton Park, Mitchelton 

Commitment to Sporting Communities

The announcement of this comprehensive sports infrastructure overhaul reflects the local council’s unwavering commitment to addressing the evolving needs of Brisbane’s diverse sporting community. 

Re-elected Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, spearheading this initiative, reiterated its significance in empowering clubs to thrive in an ever-changing landscape. By providing essential support and modernizing facilities, the Better Sports Lighting Program is poised to catalyse positive change, ensuring that sports clubs can continue serving as vibrant community activity and well-being hubs.

Published 18-March-2024