Construction Commences for Bunya Community Hub

Margaret Owen, David Squire, Graeme Fowler and Margaret Ryan from the GVK Lions Club inspect the site for the new community building that their club will call home at James Drysdale Reserve, Bunya.

2020 was a year of advancements for James Drysdale Reserve (JDR) in Bunya, with Moreton Bay Regional Council completing $5.1 million worth of refurbishments to its baseball facilities, as well as new field lighting works, field renewals, and the beginning of the long process around extending the western soccer field. There are also ongoing plans to undertake maintenance and renewal of the existing hockey fields and Council is currently investigating the potential for an outdoor exercise precinct.

2021 will be no different in terms of upgrades. Construction is already underway on a brand new $1.25 million community building to benefit our region as a whole. This fit-for-purpose development will accommodate a variety of local community groups, with plans to open the space up to all walks of life. From house youth and senior services, to arts, crafts and community activities, this new building will be a bustling hub for the neighbourhood. The state-of-the-art establishment will feature two multi-purpose rooms, two meeting rooms, separate amenities for each tenant, a coffee servery, a community shed, and much more.

A concept drawing of the new community building destined for James Drysdale Reserve

As The Hills District continues to grow and flourish in the aftermath of COVID-19, sporting infrastructures are as important as ever. By creating a diverse recreational space to accompany the sport-focused facilities at JDR, the reserve will be elevated from a sports precinct to a lively community hub.

In the enthusiastic words of Cr Matt Constance, ‘We have a vision to fill the space with Men’s Shed and Women’s Nest-like activities, a safe place where residents can come socialise and relax together.’ He then added, ‘But we’d also like the facility to become home to youth services and activities like board game nights.’

One local group that is especially keen to get their paws on this new building is The Golden Valley Keperra Lions Club. Overdue for an upgrade after spending the past 50 years at the old Scout Hall in Ferny Hills, the Lions pounced on the opportunity to move into this new space mid to late 2021. Not only will the Lions Club get a facilities upgrade, they will also undertake the management of community use of the new building on behalf of Moreton Bay Regional Council. Once complete, they will take over the lease on a nominal rate and be responsible for sub leasing to other community groups. 

The Lions Club President, Paul Ryan, announced that this was a ‘big win’ for the Lions and the whole community. Once the renovations are complete and the Lions have come roaring in to claim their new clubhouse, JDR will be thriving more than ever. 

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