Brisbane Broncos score $3 million gift from Clive Berghofer
QUEENSLAND'S most generous philanthropist Clive Berghofer opened his wallet again on Sunday, with a $3 million gift to the Brisbane Broncos rugby league club.
The club's new training centre at Red Hill in inner-city Brisbane will bear his name.
Broncos chief executive Paul White said Mr Berghofer had links with the club stretching back to its formation 30 years ago.
Mr Berghofer was a supporter through the Toowoomba Clydesdales when they were a Broncos feeder Club.
Mr White said that the Clive Berghofer Centre would encompass the club's training, administration and community welfare programs.
Mr Berghofer, 82, is a prominent Toowoomba developer and a serial giver who has poured tens of millions of dollars into medical research (such as QIMR Berghofer in Brisbane), hospitals, sports clubs and community groups.
He said he was happy to help out and was encouraged to do so by his friend Wayne Bennett, the Broncos coach who began his career on the Darling Downs near Toowoomba.
The magnificent new training oval will be known as The Clive Berghofer Field.
"The new centre will bring all the various elements of the club together under one roof for the very first time in our history," Mr White said.
Mr White said the club was especially proud of its "Beyond the Broncos" community programs dedicated to empowering and supporting underprivileged and disabled young people, closing the gap on indigenous disadvantage and fostering grassroots rugby league within the community.
Recently, the programs have expanded into more schools including Clive's "home turf" in Toowoomba, such as Wilsonton State High School in the northwestern suburb which Mr Berghofer opened up for housing and commercial development.
"Clive has been a lifelong supporter of rugby league and a long-term member of the Brisbane Broncos, so it is fitting that our new building will proudly carry his name," Mr White said.
He said Mr Berghofer wanted to back the Broncos' efforts to create "an enduring legacy of opportunity, aspiration, and hope for the community."
Broncos staff began moving in to the new $27.2 million yesterday.
Coach Wayne Bennett has a new office overlooking the training oval.
The Broncos is a listed company with a market capitalisation of $54 million. The club is 69 per cent owned by News Corp, the publisher of The Courier-Mail.