Hockey players need more turf
I have been distressed to see the name calling associated with the discussion on the Westside Wolves hockey turf proposal.
Public debate should be confined to facts.
The proposed synthetic turf is needed and will alleviate the pressure on turf time for all our clubs, so it will help the Wolves, Lions, YMCC and UWA as well as other clubs.
The western suburbs have fewer hockey turfs per player than any other place in Australia.
Melbourne has one for every 200 players and Perth one for 1900 – and the western suburbs are the worst off.
The Mt Claremont Oval site is perfect, a sport precinct surrounded by green space.
The local primary school has already got ample green space when compared with similar schools, with natural features (hills) protecting residents from noise and sight lines.
A sport played by all age groups will counter the obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke epidemic, and playing community sport has been shown to improve mental health.
Many players from other codes switch to hockey later in life because it is not really viable for them to continue in their codes due to injuries.
I urge Nedlands council to take this opportunity to make a decision to improve the future for our kids.
Keeping kids playing sport is important to their physical and mental health.