Last hope for hockey


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

HOCKEY fa­cil­i­ties planned for South Lake could be “de­layed in­def­i­nitely” if the State Gov­ern­ment does not pro­vide fund­ing.

The City of Cock­burn suf­fered a blow in Oc­to­ber when a Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund ap­pli­ca­tion made in part­ner­ship with the Fre­man­tle Hockey Club, Hockey WA, the City of Gos­nells and South­ern River Hockey Club went un­re­warded.

Cock­burn’s part of the $19 mil­lion Hockey WA Fa­cil­i­ties Project in­cludes new clu­b­rooms and play­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Lake­lands Re­serve, cost­ing about $6.5m and in­volv­ing the Fre­man­tle Hockey Club mov­ing to South Lake.

The City’s back-up plan in­volves seek­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund (CSRFF).

The City is likely to know in late De­cem­ber or Jan­uary if its bid for $2 mil­lion is suc­cess­ful.

Cock­burn recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Rob Avard said pro­gres­sion of the project was de­pen­dent on State fund­ing.

“Should there be no fund­ing pro­vided by the State Gov­ern­ment, the mat­ter would need to be re­con­sid­ered by coun­cil but it is most likely the project would be de­layed in­def­i­nitely,” he said.

Mr Avard said the CSRFF “ap­pli­ca­tion is very strong” be­cause it sought to es­tab­lish hockey in a rapidly grow­ing re­gion of Perth where there were cur­rently no hockey clubs.

He said it was well sup­ported fi­nan­cially by the City of Cock­burn and the Fre­man­tle Hockey Club.

“The City is com­mit­ted to pro­gress­ing the project as soon as prac­ti­cal after the fund­ing an­nounce­ment,” Mr Avard said.

THE City of Cock­burn is chas­ing fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment to help it build new hockey fa­cil­i­ties at Lake­lands Re­serve in South Lake.

A joint bid for na­tional fund­ing was lodged by the City of Cock­burn, the Fre­man­tle Hockey Club, Hockey WA, the City of Gos­nells and South­ern River Hockey Club ear­lier this year seek­ing dol­lars to progress a num­ber of projects across Perth.

Be­sides new fa­cil­i­ties in South Lake, other el­e­ments of the Hockey WA Fa­cil­i­ties Project in­clude a syn­thetic pitch and sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture at Suther­lands Park in Huntingdal­e and up­grades to Perth Hockey Sta­dium in Bent­ley.

While the joint bid was un­suc­cess­ful, the City of Gos­nells was of­fered a $1.3 mil­lion com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment grant for a new syn­thetic hockey pitch at Suther­lands Park.

“This project will pro­vide the first high-level hockey fa­cil­i­ties in the south eastern metropoli­tan area, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal and dis­trict play­ers to ac­cess these fa­cil­i­ties close to home,” Gos­nells chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Cowie said.

Hockey WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Chu­rack said while dis­ap­pointed with the over­all out­come, the body was grate­ful the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was able to as­sist in some way.

“Hockey WA re­mains op­ti­mistic that it will be able to help de­liver im­proved fa­cil­i­ties over the com­ing years,” he said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d451193

The City of Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle Hockey Club and Hockey WA are hop­ing to se­cure fund­ing for fa­cil­i­ties in South Lake.

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