Ballymore Redevelopment

Brisbane City Council approves Ballymore redevelopment

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Dilapidated Ballymore stadium. Picture: Jono Searle Source: The Courier-Mail 

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An artist’s impression of proposed plans for Ballymore redevelopment. Source: The Courier-Mail 

 

A $100 million plan to redevelop Ballymore is set to be approved by the Brisbane City Council.  

The proposal to rework Queensland Rugby Union’s sporting fields and stadiums was approved 3-1 by council’s planning committee Tuesday morning and now heads to the full council meeting. 

Residents of the inner-northern suburb have been angered by plans to redevelop the state-owned site, concerned about traffic, safety and amenity issues. Support has come from the rugby network. 

Local councillor David Hinchliffe tried to defer the application for a week for further community consultation and to check QRU’s legal status. 

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Whether it’s the great form of the QR Reds or the short sleeves winter weather, playing rugby in Queensland is a popular option for the international rugby fraternity, with players from 24 countries transferring their registration to the Sunshine State so far in 2010.

From Belgium to Zimbabwe and 22 countries in between, a total of 202 overseas registered players have been cleared to play for Queensland clubs since 1 January, with another 13 currently going through the approval process.

Of those already transferred, the three leading nations are New Zealand (79 players), England (44) and Scotland (13). The highest profile transfer is former All Black Caleb Ralph, who turned out last weekend for the Sunshine Coast Stingrays, scoring a try in his Premier Rugby debut.

Some are also Aussies returning home, such as: former Reds and Wallaby great Toutai Kefu, like Caleb Ralph also now with the Sunshine Coast Stingrays after a stint in Japan; former Reds hooker Ole Avei rejoining Sunnybank and Easts 2007 Premier Player of the Year Matt Brandon, also back home from Japan.

Queensland has also attracted 77 players from other states since the beginning of the year, with 37 joining from New South Wales, 15 from ACT, nine from Victoria, six each from the Northern Territory and Western Australia and four from South Australia.

In comparison, 35 players left Queensland in 2010 to play interstate, while a further 23 transferred overseas.

Players from outside Australia registered to play rugby in Queensland since 1 January, 2010:

Belgium – 1
Canada – 6
Cook Islands – 1
England – 44
Fiji – 3
France – 5
Germany – 3
Hong Kong – 2
Ireland – 7
Italy – 1
Japan – 7
Netherlands – 3
New Zealand – 79
Papua New Guinea – 1
Peru – 1
Portugal – 1
Samoa – 1
Scotland – 13
South Africa – 6
Sweden – 1
Tonga – 1
United States of America – 8
Wales – 6
Zimbabwe – 1

Transfers from within Australia:

NSW – 37
    NSWSRU – 5
    NSWCRU – 21
    NSWRU – 11
ACT – 15
NT – 6
SA – 4
VIC – 9
WA – 6

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