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09 April 2019

Meg Lanning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Trevor Evans and Tim Paine announce Federal Funding towards the National Cricket Campus. Getty Images

The announcement by the Prime Minister to contribute $7 million towards the National Cricket Campus is welcome news for the Brisbane Heat, with Queensland set to become the home of cricket in Australia.

The National Cricket Campus will transform the Allan Border Field precinct in Albion, the training base of the Brisbane Heat, and Northern Suburbs Cricket Club in Kalinga. 

The Campus will feature a fully integrated industry-leading indoor and outdoor cricket facility and will be the preparation home for Australia’s men’s and women’s sides, as well as providing access to youth, all-abilities, indigenous and touring teams.

Image: Australian captains Meg Lanning and Tim Paine with juniors from Wilston Norths CC

Once realised, the Campus will be able to host women’s internationals, state and national championships, first-class, domestic one-day, Rebel Women’s Big Bash League and Premier Cricket matches.  

It is envisioned the Campus will have major benefits for women's cricket where more elite and community cricketers will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

It will allow greater facilities for the Brisbane Heat men's and women's teams to be at their best and mean Brisbane can host more WBBL games. 

The announcement of today’s funding represents half the outstanding financial contribution required to the start the $18.3 million National Cricket Campus build. Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have together committed $4.25 million towards the project, with ongoing discussions being held with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council for the remaining funding. 

When complete, the Campus will deliver Queensland and Brisbane the world’s best cricket training facility and a hub for community and female cricket, highlighted by the below upgrades and developments to Northern Suburbs Cricket Club at Shaw Road in Kalinga and the Allan Border Field and Bupa National Cricket Centre precinct. 

Allan Border Field Precinct 

The centrepiece of the National Cricket Campus, Allan Border Field precinct upgrades will include: 

- Five new international wickets, including a subcontinent preparation pitch.
- An extended Allan Border Field boundary size.
- Terrace seating and a new electronic scoreboard.
- New lighting for training areas.
- A new amenity building to include change rooms, ground manager’s office and high-performance offices.
- Improved drainage and turf facility management to allow for 365-day-a-year field usage.

Northern Suburbs Development 

The development of facilities at Shaw Road will create a link to Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket’s high-performance hub in Albion, providing a venue for State, National and Youth Championships, and a training facility for elite and community cricket teams.  

It is expected the development of Northern Suburbs will provide access to an additional 20 junior and female teams on top of the 40 teams that currently use the existing facility.  

Developments will include: 

- 16 turf practice nets and wickets.
- Construction of a state-of-the-art cricket pavilion catering for male and female players.
- Lighting to the Shaw Road main oval and training areas.
- Increased car parking.
- Extension of current wicket blocks to allow for increased usage.

Image: An artists impression of Norths CC in Kalinga

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said the development of the National Cricket Campus will give Queensland the distinction of hosting the world’s-best cricket training facility, as well as creating a foundation for cricket’s growth and success long term.  

“The National Cricket Campus has the opportunity to reaffirm Brisbane and Queensland’s status as Australia’s premier cricket location, and today’s funding announcement will go a long way in helping us get there. 

“By creating a campus across Albion and Northern Suburbs at Kalinga, we are allowing more cricketers the opportunity to gain experience and enhance their skills using facilities that will be considered some of the best in the world. 

“Importantly, the redeveloped Allan Border Field will allow us to host more Sheffield Shield, JLT Cup, WBBL and Women’s International matches. By doing so we will ease the pressure on hosting matches at the Gabba and will give Brisbane a second marquee first-class cricket facility.  

“While Northern Suburbs will see significant development of facilities to be used by high-performance teams, we view the venue as one that will be embraced by the community and allow for increased use by junior and female participants and teams. 

“We consider the Campus as having the potential to create a long-term legacy of success for cricket in Queensland and Australia.   

“Queensland Cricket would like to thank the Federal Government for their commitment to the Campus, particularly Trevor Evans, Member for Brisbane for his tireless advocacy in helping us get to this point,” Mr Walters said.  

Northern Suburbs Cricket Club President Paul Keller said the development of the campus will help grow cricket in Brisbane and will allow junior female participants the opportunity to continue playing cricket at the club where a senior women’s team does not currently feature.  

“Norths are delighted to be a partner in the National Cricket Campus. We have a goal to build our female player base to a point where we can field a side in the Brisbane Women’s Premier Cricket competition and the Campus will complement that vision. Our club and the surrounding junior teams, the players, volunteers and their families, will all benefit enormously.  

“On a wider scale, the improvements to pitches, practice facilities, playing surfaces, lighting and female friendly changing rooms will translate to greater use of the whole Shaw Road complex and that can only be good for our community.” 

The National Cricket Campus is expected to deliver a significant economic boost for Queensland and Brisbane, with more than 300 jobs planned to support the project, while economic activity will be driven by an increase in domestic training camps, national performance programs and international and interstate visitation.