Redland City Council officially opened the new home for the Redlands Sea Dragons in Moores Road at Weinam Creek today.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the construction of a new satellite hospital at Redland Bay had resulted in a positive outcome for the recreational group.
“Redland City Council worked in partnership with Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) in providing the group with new and upgraded facilities as part of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area project,” Cr Williams said.
“The result could not have been better, with a purpose-built home base that perfectly meets the criteria for size, security, and location.
“With the imminent construction of the new boat launching ramp nearby, ease of access to the water has improved, and the new building and secure fencing will accommodate the future growth and activities of the dragon boating club.
“This project ensures the club has a sustainable asset that will carry it into the future as membership grows. Dragon boating encapsulates the coastal spirit of Redlands Coast and getting active in the beautiful Southern Moreton Bay.”
Peter Kelley, CEO of Redland Investment Corporation, worked very closely with Council, the Redlands Sea Dragons, and the two other community groups that were located at Meissner Street prior to construction of the satellite hospital.
“Ensuring the groups were all rehoused in new and better buildings than they previously occupied was really important, and the relocation of the Redlands Sea Dragons has marked a milestone in the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area project,” Mr Kelley said.
“The Weinam Creek PDA project will deliver more car parking for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents, a new shopping, retail and dining precinct, more open space, improved access to the foreshore, and new boating facilities to separate emergency services from recreational vessels.”
Redlands Sea Dragons representative Gary Acworth said the move into their new location had given members a renewed enthusiasm.
“What we’re hearing from other clubs is that the new facilities we have here in Redlands are among the best in the state,” Mr Acworth said.
“Having this level of amenity for our members and security for our boats is something many clubs don’t have, and we’re really excited about that.”
The community sporting group has been proudly Redlands Coast-based since 2005. With a growing membership base of 66, the Redlands Sea Dragons have enjoyed success in State Championship competitions over the years, winning a gold medal and several silver and bronze medals.
“We’ve had members selected in Queensland State teams, some of those representing Queensland at the World Championships in Prague, bringing home a bronze medal in 2009,” Mr Acworth said.
Anyone interested in joining or learning more about dragon boat racing can view the club’s website at www.redlandsseadragons.com