Construction has officially begun on the brand new federally funded Australian Academy Martial Arts Do-Jo building in Mount Gravatt.

After years of hard work, this week ten concrete trucks arrived at the site in Carsen Lane to pour the 26m by 12m slab on which the Do-jo will be built.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta visited the site and said he was pleased to have been able to secure $185,000 worth of Federal Funding so that the project could go ahead.

“I’ve been working with Glenn and Lyndon from AAMA for years and I can’t wait to see the finished product. It’s going to be great for the growing academy here in Mt Gravatt.”

“This state of the art facility will attract more competitions and events to Bonner which is great for local clubs and participants, the sport and tourism.”

AAMA president Lyndon Kurth said the project is expected to be completed in just 12 weeks, and could be open as soon as September.

“Work has already begun on the refurbishment of the adjacent facilities building and now that the concrete slab has been poured, it will be cut in preparation for trenching and setting the plumbing.”

“AAMA would never have been able to have achieved this on our own, the only reason that this building is able to go ahead is because of the consistent support and encouragement from Ross Vasta MP over the last five years,” Mr Kurth said.