Redland City Council injects $150,000 into Judy Holt Recreation Reserve, upgrading lighting, goal posts, revamping the Redlands Multi Sports Club clubhouse.

LET'S PLAY: Redlands Multi Sports Club President Colin Apps Colin, Cr Tracey Huges, Mayor Karen Williams and Redlands Rugby Union Club President Keith Taylor with some of the sportswomen at the Judy Holt Recreation Reserve
LET'S PLAY: Redlands Multi Sports Club President Colin Apps Colin, Cr Tracey Huges, Mayor Karen Williams and Redlands Rugby Union Club President Keith Taylor with some of the sportswomen at the Judy Holt Recreation Reserve

A BIRKDALE recreation reserve will get $150,000 for an upgrade including building refurbishments to the Redlands Multi Sports Club clubhouse.

As part of Redland City Council's COVID recovery package Judy Holt sporting fields will receive a lighting capacity upgrade, erosion management works, six replacement goal posts, help to progress new player shelters and a tap will be installed to help with manual irrigation of the rugby fields.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works, set to start next month, were part of council's recovery program to assist clubs recover from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We know our local sports and recreation clubs are part of our social fabric, which is why we are investing $981,100 to help locals get back to doing what they love," Cr Williams said.

The fields are home to the Muddies Cricket Club, Redlands Dog Obedience Club, Redlands Multi Sport Club and Redlands Rugby Union.

Redlands Rugby Union Club President Keith Taylor said the club's partnership with council was vital to the club's success and the investment would help them bounce back from a trying year.

Cr Tracey Huges said the Judy Holt Reserves' electrical works and erosion management would start as early as this month, with other activities expected to be completed by June 2021.

"The electrical works will improve lighting to ensure uninterrupted night games and activities, while erosion management and drainage works will see the garden behind the Redlands Rugby Union clubhouse stay put during and after heavy rain," she said.

Redlands Multi Sports Club President Colin Apps thanked Cr Huges for her strong advocacy and looked forward to the works starting.

Cr Williams said the state government had previously committed funding to the club for new goal posts.

"Council has worked with the department to allow the club to now use the state funding for another purpose while council replaces the goal posts as part of our city-wide replacement program," she said.