Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has taken his federal election campaign back to Brisbane where he promised funding for the Broncos to expand its grounds.

Mr Abbott was greeted by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at the Broncos Leagues Club at Red Hill this morning.

Mr Newman says part of a Brisbane TAFE campus will be turned into a new training facility for the Broncos.

He says the northern section of the Ithaca campus in the city's north-west had been earmarked for medium-density housing.

"That's what the previous government was going to do," Mr Newman said.

Instead, the LNP Government has given in-principle support to a plan that will see a new football field and high performance training facility built on the site, opposite the Broncos club.

If elected, Mr Abbott says the Federal Coalition will provide $5 million to build a gym.

"Five million dollars from the Commonwealth towards a $21 million upgrade I think is a relatively modest contribution," Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott will return to the club tonight to face off in the second debate against Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

They will be questioned by voters this time.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has committed $3 million to training and playing facilities at the Broncos Junior Rugby League Academy at Logan, south of Brisbane.

Forde candidate Peter Beattie says it is a grassroots initiative.

"The bottom line with all this is you don't have a Broncos team unless you have a catchment area like this," he said.

"This is where it all starts and can have a great facility in Brisbane - that's fantastic, love it, support it, all those things - but unless you have a catchment here like this Brisbane will not exist."

Broncos chief executive officer Paul White is relieved.

"This morning's commitment from the State Government does reassure us as a club that we can remain here at Red Hill, which is our spiritual home," he said.

However, Queensland Teachers Union spokesman Kevin Bates says the land transfer deal shows the State Government is not interested in improving the TAFE sector.

"It does raise some concerns in terms of the Government's real intentions around the future of TAFE in Queensland," he said.

"That the Government, by naming TAFE as the flagship of its contestability - that is, privatisation agenda - really surrenders any hope of TAFE in Queensland having a strong and viable public presence."

 

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