The Moreton Bay Regional Council has taken first steps to redeveloping a 16.6ha site at Nathan Rd into a first-class Australian rules football facility. But there are many more steps before the Redcliffe Tigers can move into their new home ground.
The council helped the Tigers find a new home after it was decided they couldn't stay at the flood-prone McGahey St ground.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said the council had taken soil samples, using core drilling equipment. "Soil sampling is a important part of the geotechnical investigations to determine the type of building footing, road design and oval drainage that will be required," Cr Sutherland. "The soil sampling results will be crucial information for the engineering experts in charge of the planning and construction of the new AFL precinct."
The site, when completed, will include a clubhouse, car park, three multipurpose fields and an AFL oval the same size as the MCG, meaning the club will be able to host big league pre-season clashes.
Cr James Houghton (Div 5) said the new site would ensure the Redcliffe Tigers remained an "integral part of the Moreton Bay Region's sporting community".
A significant component of the development of the Nathan Road AFL precinct, adjacent to the Ramsar wetlands, is the rehabilitation of the wetland areas covering almost 20 per cent, of the lower southern section of site.