Pitch perfect for sport
HOCKEY in Perth’s southern metropolitan region is set for a major boost with plans to build new facilities at two sites and upgrades to the stadium in Bentley.
HOCKEY in Perth’s southern metropolitan region is set for a major boost, with plans to construct a host of new facilities, including new clubrooms and playing pitches in South Lake.
The City of Cockburn and Fremantle Hockey Club (FHC) will work with Hockey WA, the City of Gosnells and Southern River Hockey Club to lodge a joint National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) application to help finance the Hockey WA Facilities Project.
Part of that proposal is new clubrooms and playing facilities at Lakelands Reserve in South Lake, adjacent to Lakeland Senior High School, to service the south-west corridor.
The project will cost about $6.5 million but Cockburn, if successful, will pay about half of that, with the Federal Government offering to match the contribution under the NSRF.
FHC will also make a contribution of $500,000. The club only has one-third of that amount at its disposal at present.
Another part of the project involves the development of a synthetic pitch and supporting infrastructure at Sutherland’s Re- serve in Huntingdale to service the southeast corridor.
This aspect, backed by the City of Gosnells and Southern River Hockey Club, will cost about $2.6 million.
Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley will also receive upgrades to help cater for the hockey community in the central and eastern catchment areas.
Cockburn’s recreation and community safety manager Rob Avard said the proposal would lift the profile and participation of hockey and address disadvantage in the southern metropolitan region.
“The existing distribution of synthetic hockey turfs are mostly located in the economically advantaged areas of Perth, on State Government and university-controlled sporting facilities and on a small number of elite private boys schools,” he said.
“The least advantaged regions are under-serviced and have no facilities, as identified in the Hockey WA State Sporting Strategic Facilities Plan 2009 to 2025.”
On Thursday, Cockburn councillors backed a report by Mr Avard that would facilitate the initiatives.