Pitch per­fect for sport

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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