Massive Expansion Urged for Lions’ Brighton Homes Arena in Springfield

Nearly two years after opening its doors, calls are growing to expand the hugely popular Brighton Homes Arena in Springfield to meet overwhelming demand.

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The $82 million venue has attracted over 316,000 visitors since its November 2022 launch by hosting a mix of sports events, community programs, and corporate functions. 

That blockbuster debut has led to increasing calls for the Brisbane Lions to further their vision of creating a prime sporting and recreation hub for the booming western corridor.

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Lions CEO Greg Swann said there have been calls to develop the sprawling site with a massive MCG-sized playing field that can be accessed by the community and nearby Hymba Yumba Independent School. Calls have also come in for additional facilities like hardcourts for the club’s wheelchair AFL team and a childcare centre.

Mr Swann said expansion would help address the lack of green space and sporting amenities in the rapidly-growing region. He explained that access to such facilities is a real challenge across Southeast Queensland, so there have been calls for the Lions to provide more community sporting areas and infrastructure in order to solidify their place in the local community.

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The potential new playing field would significantly boost recreation opportunities, as families already flock to the arena’s existing oval daily for exercise and sports. They would see kids playing basketball onsite or people running laps.

The arena has also quickly become an events destination, hosting seven AFLW matches along with international sporting delegations from China, Japan, the US, UK, Switzerland and Papua New Guinea in the nearly two years since opening.

Mr Swann said the high attendance in that span, which exceeded their expectations, demonstrates there is pent-up demand for facilities like theirs in Springfield and Ipswich. 

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With calls intensifying to build on the arena’s runaway success, the Brisbane Lions are facing pressure to ensure their new home’s impact continues growing within the western corridor community.

Published 27-May-2024

Dedicated Volunteer Brings Comfort to Cancer Patients in Springfield Lakes

Maree Burns, a 67-year-old nurse, has devoted over 350 hours to volunteering as a ward assistant at the Mater Cancer Care Centre in Springfield Lakes, offering a level of care and comfort that transcends the bounds of medical treatment.

A resident of Springfield Lakes, Maree dedicates her weekly shifts to providing hand and foot massages to cancer patients undergoing treatment, ensuring their utmost comfort during this challenging period. Her role extends beyond physical care, as she takes the time to engage in conversation and lend a listening ear, acknowledging the emotional toll accompanying such a battle.

“I do a lot of things to help out the staff too,” Maree said. “I get warm blankets for patients, restock the cupboards and even help elderly patients order their meals. But talking and listening to patients is something I enjoy doing.”

A Rallying Cry for Volunteers

In honour of National Volunteers Week (20-26 May), Maree is sharing her story and encouraging others to join her in positively impacting the community. Her call to action resonates with the belief that every act of kindness can make a profound difference in someone’s life, no matter how small.

Maree’s commitment to caring for others is deeply rooted. She previously worked as a nurse for Queensland Health and, more recently, travelled across Australia during the pandemic to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to regional communities. Her dedication to her craft and her community is unwavering.

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Mater Private Springfield profiles. Hospital Volunteer Maree Burns
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The impact of Maree’s efforts is best exemplified by the heartfelt expressions of gratitude from those she has served. One patient, in a vulnerable palliative state, expressed his appreciation for the “beautiful treatment” he received, while another, in her nineties, finds solace in knowing that Burns will be there to support her through her “numbered days.”

“Some people don’t have family or a friend to be with them during their treatment, and if I can make someone’s time in hospital better, then I will do my best. Being a volunteer is about making people feel valued and special,” Maree said.

A Community of Compassion

Maree is not alone in her mission to comfort those in need. Judy Johnson, Mater Volunteer Senior Manager, emphasised the positive impact volunteers have on the community. The Springfield Lakes team covers about 20 shifts a week and offers services such as ward assistance, pet therapy, massage, and patient transport.

Joining Maree in this endeavour is 71-year-old Christine Gillespie. For the past five years, she has dedicated herself to providing companionship and support to hundreds of patients recovering from surgery and other medical conditions at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

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Mater Private Springfield profiles. Hospital Volunteer Christine Gillespie
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“Sometimes people come in after a bad fall and have had an unexpected stay, so I just try and make their time in hospital more comfortable,” said Christine, who has clocked up almost 500 hours volunteering.

Published 24-May-2024

Springlake Hotel Has Re-Opened After $3 Million Renovation

Did you know that Springlake Hotel has re-opened following a multi-million-dollar renovation?

Surrounded by natural bushland and overlooking the neighbouring lake, the pub has undergone an extensive facelift to modernise its offering for patrons of all ages, with a focus on live entertainment, casual dining and live sports. The renovations include a family friendly bistro, outdoor terrace with a huge playground, revamped sports bar and expansive functions space that has been brought back to life.

Designed by Farrago, the interiors highlight natural wood and orange tones, with brown leather banquettes, relaxed tan leather armchairs and mid-century vibes. 

Springlake Hotel
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Ensuring that the most can be made of Queensland’s warm weather and native surrounds, a new wrap-around alfresco terrace has been added that offers a mix of high and low tables for guests to soak up the sun. Attached, is a huge kids playground that will keep the little ones entertained for hours, so the adults can kick-back and relax.

Springlake Hotel
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Sports lovers will love the revamped Sports Bar with six-metre screen showing all the sporting action live and loud, and with a state-of-the-art TAB. A weekly schedule of live music will add to the entertainment for those in the Sports Bar.

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The new-look family friendly bistro is serving up a delicious menu created by Executive Chef Dylan Kemp. Offering a range of elevated pub classics and a brand-new Smokehouse offering, serving up specialty dishes prepared in the smoker daily, like the Low & Slow Beef Brisket and the Butcher’s Board, which gives customers the opportunity to sample a range of smoked items from Cheese Kranskies, pulled pork and lamb ribs.

A range of house-made BBQ sauces have also been created to compliment the smoked menu including the Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce, Alabama White Sauce and Dan’s House BBQ Sauce.

Springlate Hotel Food
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There’s also a dedicated Kids Platter to keep the younger tummies happy with a choice of seven mains served with a drink and a dessert.

Those looking for a destination to host an event need look no further than the fully equipped, large scale function rooms. Perfect for weddings, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events and parties and any other style of event. The spaces will also be converted for frequent large live entertainment events for the community to enjoy.

A series of weekly specials and events is sure to keep locals happy, whatever the day of the week:

  • Mondays: $25 Steaks & Poker
    • 250g rump steak, chips and salad
  • Tuesdays: $20 Pub Classics
    • Beef Burger, Chicken Schnitzel, Caesar Salad, Fish & Chips or Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Wednesdays: Feed The Family
    • Two Brisket Burned End Sandwiches with slaw & cornbread, plus two kids meals
    • $1 from every Parmi sold will be donated to MS Queensland through Spinglake Hotel’s ongoing Local Heroes charity partnership program
  • Thursdays: Parmi Thursdays
    • Chicken or Vegetarian Parmigiana served with crispy chips and fresh salad
  • Fridays: Meat Tray Raffle, Live Entertainment, Tradie Club, Jag the Joker
  • Saturdays: Live Entertainment
  • Sundays: Kids Eat Free & Kids Entertainment
    • Free kids meal with every full-priced main meal purchased
    • Free Animal Zoo between 12pm – 3pm
  • Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 3pm – 5pm

Springlake Hotel will celebrate its re-opening with a Locals Weekend 15th – 17th December, packed full of giveaways, live music, activities and tasters:

  • Friday 15th December
    • Tradie Club, Smoker Lesson giveaway, BBQ tasters and live music 
  • Saturday 16th December
    • Kids entertainment and free petting zoo, live music, BBQ tasters, and TAB Sports Bar take-over 
  • Sunday 17th December
    • Kids entertainment and free petting zoo, BBQ tasters and UFC296 in the Sports Bar

Springlake Hotel Venue Manager Adam Fuller is thrilled to be welcoming local residents and workers back to the pub.

“We’re extremely proud of Springlake Hotel’s revamp and the wide offering it now brings to our community. There truly is something from everyone, from casual get-togethers, mid-week dinners, live sport, and entertainment – we can’t wait to see everyone back enjoying our local.”

Springfield Lakes Among Many Affected as Getta Burger Chain Closes Doors

Getta Burger, a familiar name in Queensland’s fast-food scene, has entered liquidation, leading to the closure of 14 out of its 17 stores. The closed outlets include those in Capalaba, Clayfield, North Lakes, Cannon Hill, Victoria Point, West End, Bridgeman Downs, Carina, Springfield Lakes, Holmview, Yamanto, and Yatala.

Established in 2014, Getta Burger has been a popular choice among Queenslanders. However, the chain has been grappling with financial difficulties, resulting in debts exceeding $500,000. Founder Brent Poulter pointed to the rising cost pressures after COVID-19 as a significant factor in this development.

The timing of the liquidation process, initiated without seeking government support during the pandemic, is particularly hard-hitting as it coincides with the Christmas season. This decision has led to 107 employees losing their jobs, creating a challenging situation for many families, including in Springfield Lakes, during what is typically a festive time of year.

The liquidation highlights the harsh economic realities faced by businesses in the food and beverage industry. Getta Burger struggled with a 30% increase in power bills and substantial rises in the cost of ingredients. Poulter noted that these rising operational costs made it challenging to maintain quality without increasing prices for customers.

The closure underscores the competitive and challenging nature of the food industry, where businesses must adapt and manage costs effectively. The collapse of a well-known chain like Getta Burger is indicative of the broader struggles within the sector, especially in the context of increasing living costs.

As the liquidation process unfolds, the exact scale of the Getta Burger’s debts is still being determined. 

Published 25-Nov-2023

Mater Celebrates Springfield Lakes Leadership Team’s Achievements

Mater Private Hospital Springfield has received significant recognition for their exceptional service as its leadership team is honoured with the prestigious Clinical Excellence (Team) Award. 

More than 13,000 procedures are performed at this hospital in Springfield each year, across specialty areas ranging from oncology and orthopaedics to gastroenterology and maxillofacial surgery.

The recognition comes as Mater embarks on Stage 2 of the expansion of Mater Hospital Springfield.

Scheduled to open in 2026, the expansion will include 174 public beds and a much-needed Emergency Department, further enhancing healthcare accessibility in the area​​.

The new facility will integrate Mater Health and Mater Education, offering a range of specialist consultancy suites, allied health services, and healthcare education.

Mater Springfield Lakes
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The Clinical Excellence (Team) Award, presented at the Mater People Awards, acknowledges the team’s dedication to the 12,500 patients they have cared for over the past year.

Paul Darcy, the Executive Director, commended the team for their unwavering commitment to the rapidly growing Springfield community. Their approach, particularly in pressure injury and fall prevention, has been a highlight in the realm of patient care.

“Greater Springfield is a rapidly growing community, with evolving health care needs, and Mater’s Springfield leadership team has been unwavering in its efforts to ensure these needs are met,” Mr Darcy said

“They’ve been innovative, resilient, and responsive in achieving excellent patient outcomes, particularly in pressure injury and fall prevention – that’s been a real highlight over the past 12 months.

“The award also recognises the team’s collaborative approach, irrespective of position or department, which has also gone a long way to ensuring our patients receive comprehensive and compassionate care.”

Published 17-Nov-2023

Door Locking Feature Saves Woman from Carjacking in Springfield Lakes

A woman almost fell victim to a carjacking incident in Springfield Lakes one Sunday evening, but she escaped unscathed, thanks to an automatic door locking feature in her car.

On Sunday, 25 June, the woman was about to drive into her driveway when a man approached her with a knife. He tried to open the door, but she was able to speed off. The woman then pretended to call the police, which scared the man away.

The woman was shaken by the experience, but she’s grateful that she’s okay. She’s also grateful for the automatic door locking feature on her car, which she believes saved her life from the attempted carjacking incident.

This incident is a reminder that carjackings can happen anywhere, even in seemingly safe neighbourhoods like Springfield Lakes. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and to take precautions to protect yourself, such as locking your car doors and keeping your valuables out of sight.

If you’re ever confronted by a carjacker, don’t resist. Try to stay calm and cooperate with the attacker. Once the attacker has left, call the police straight away.

The Queensland Police are investigating this incident and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Springfield Lakes residents, please take precautions to protect yourselves from carjacking. Lock your car doors, keep your valuables out of sight, and be aware of your surroundings. And if you ever see something suspicious, don’t be afraid to call the police.

Published 30-June-2023

Good Samaritans Rescue Toddler Found Wandering at Closed Greenbank Military Base

A heartwarming rescue took place at the Greenbank Military Base, near the Springfield Lakes-Greenbank Arterial Road, when a toddler was found wandering through the closed military base by a vigilant member of the public. 

The three-year-old girl, covered in mud and bites, was spotted along the fence line of the training area, freezing and chewing on rocks. Thanks to the quick actions of two good Samaritans, the toddler has been safely reunited with her mother.

Kylie Hey, a resident of the Spring Mountain Estate, was on her way to work when she noticed the child inside the fenced area. Concerned for the toddler’s well-being, she wasted no time and reached through the fence to grab the girl’s hand. Ms Hey immediately called the police, despite the child’s distressed state, with screams overpowering the conversation.

Meanwhile, Sarah Ransley was driving her children to school when she noticed Ms Hey and initially assumed it was a parent attending to their child’s needs. However, her children alerted her to the fact that the child was behind the fence, prompting her to turn around and offer assistance.

Ms Ransley held the girl’s hand, trying to keep her calm, whilst Ms Hey spoke with the police. Several other people passing by also stopped to lend a hand, bringing ladders to aid in the rescue efforts.

Once the girl was safely rescued from behind the fence, her soaked clothes were removed, revealing ant bites all over her body. Concerned for her well-being, the residents wrapped her in a towel and brought her into Ms Ransley’s heated car. There, the girl found comfort in the warmth and even ate some food from Ms Ransley’s children’s lunch boxes.

According to Ms Hey, the company responsible for security on the fence line at the Greenbank Military Base suspected that the girl may have crawled through one of the wildlife holes in the fence, setting off on her unexpected adventure. The nearest homes were believed to be several kilometres away, separated by multiple creeks.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and assessed the girl for injuries. Fortunately, she was found to have no significant injuries and was later transported to Ipswich Hospital as a precautionary measure. The police, in the meantime, launched a door-to-door search in the surrounding area to locate the girl’s parents, but their efforts were initially in vain.

As news of the incident spread, social media platforms were inundated with messages of support and appeals for assistance in finding the child’s parents. The community rallied together to aid the police in their search. Eventually, a mother reported waking up late in the morning and discovering her toddler missing. After verifying the information, she was identified as the parent of the toddler.

The heartwarming reunion between the mother and child took place, bringing relief to all involved. The police confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident, attributing the toddler’s adventure to a case of curiosity and wanderlust.

Authorities from West Moreton Health, when contacted for comment, declined to provide any specific details about the child’s condition.

Published 22-May-2023

‘Go for Gold’ Fund Benefits Springfield Lakes and Springfield Central Schools

Seven schools in the Jordan Ward, which covers Springfield Lakes and Springfield Central, were the lucky recipients of the “Go For Gold” funding program that encourages sports participation among the young.

In early 2023, Springfield Lakes State School and Springfield Central State High School each received $3,000 for the purchase of sports equipment to help with the training of budding athletes. The Springfield Anglican State College also received $500 for gymnastic ribbons.

Camira State School, Greenbank State School, Flagstone State Community College, and Woodcrest State College were also beneficiaries of the substantial funding. 

The Go for Gold program supports investment projects for active engagement to boost the students’ interest in sports. 

This year, applications for the first round closed on March 2023 but the second round, including the assessment, will run until 15 Sept 2023. Queensland schools, including primary, high, middle and special education schools, may apply for this benefit, especially for the following needs: 

  • re-marking or re-surfacing outdoor courts, permanent shade cover over existing outdoor courts
  • outdoor athletic track and field facility, small multi-purpose sports facilities and synthetic grass fields
  • small multi-sports indoor court facilities and outdoor courts.

For enquiries about Go For Gold, email

Published 14 May 2023

Fire Breaks Out in Springfield Lakes Home

A fire broke out at a home located in Springfield Lakes, prompting an emergency response from three crews, as well as ambulance support.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) sent three crews to the site on Opossum Circuit just before 7:00 p.m. on 1 May 2023. Although ambulance crews were also present, there were no patients requiring assessment.

Local residents expressed their concern on Facebook, with some hoping that everyone was safe. Community groups also discussed the fire, with one person asking about the situation in the Horizon Drive area, while another expressed their hope that all the humans and animals were safe.

The police were called to the scene, and they confirmed that the incident was related to mental health.

Published 5-May-2023

How a 13-Year-Old Raised Over $1500 to Save Endangered Bilbies

A 13-year-old girl from Springfield Lakes has raised over $1,500 for the Save the Bilby Fund. Although Greater Bilbies are not yet extinct, they are considered an endangered species in Queensland and are nationally listed as vulnerable.

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Mikaela Van Haren has independently raised over $1,500 for the Save the Bilby Fund through various fundraising methods, including the Containers for Change program, bake sales, car washes, and even selling her toys.

In the aftermath of the 2019 bushfires, Mikaela was inspired to fundraise to assist animals in need. Putting plans into action, she sought assistance from the Ipswich Nature Centre, which had bred bilbies with success, to help her connect with the Save the Bilby Fund and make a contribution.

On Tuesday, April 4th, Mikaela presented her donation to the Save The Bilby Fund at the newly renovated Queens Park Environmental Education Centre.

Mikaela said she thinks it is unfair that the baby is only remembered during Easter. She takes comfort in knowing that her efforts, no matter how small, can have a significant impact on at least one animal.

Mikaela’s donation to the Save The Bilby Fund was accepted by its director, Al Mucci. He said that the funds will be utilized to support the Charleville Breeding Facility and the bilby population in Currawinya National Park, which is estimated at 450, offering hope for the species’ survival.

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The Greater Bilby, or “Mankarr” by the Martu people, once inhabited 70% of Australia but is now vulnerable to extinction due to feral cats and foxes, habitat destruction, and inappropriate fire regimes.

It can only be found in remote areas of northern and central Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and southwest Queensland.

As one of Queensland’s 15 endangered mammals, conservation efforts are underway, including the replacement of the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby to raise awareness.

Mikaela’s contribution to the Save the Bilby Fund showcases the impact of individual efforts towards the conservation of an endangered species. Her inspiring dedication at such a young age serves as a reminder of the power of one person to make a positive impact.

Published 15-April-2023