Ground­break­ing win

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

WORK has be­gun on a new $6.53 mil­lion pur­pose-built hockey fa­cil­ity in South Lake.

City of Cock­burn of­fi­cials joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Fre­man­tle Hockey Club, Lake­land Se­nior High School and the State Gov­ern­ment for a sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day to mark the project’s of­fi­cial start.

The new Lake­lands Hockey and Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity on South Lake Drive will in­clude two grass prac­tice fields lit by 300 lux LED light­ing, an ar­ti­fi­cial turf hockey field, four chang­ing rooms, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, store­room, in­door func­tion area, out­door area and kitchen fa­cil­i­ties.

City of Cock­burn re­cre­ation man­ager Travis Moore said it would of­fer lo­cals an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess spe­cial­ist hockey turf fa­cil­i­ties and grow the game within the City.

“The fa­cil­ity is an­other ex­am­ple of the City’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties to cater for all ma­jor sport­ing codes,” he said. Fre­man­tle Hockey Club pres­i­dent Rob McPher­son said re­lo­cat­ing its club from Fre­man­tle to South Lake could see them grow to have 900 mem­bers within five years.

He said be­cause syn­thetic sur­faces in­creased the qual­ity and speed of hockey, the Lake­lands turf would be tested to com­ply with full In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Stu­dents at Lake­land SHS will be able to ac­cess the fa­cil­ity.

The City put $4.78 mil­lion to­wards the project, with the State con­tribut­ing $1.25m through a Sport­ing and Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund grant and the Fre­man­tle Hockey Club fund­ing the rest. It is ex­pected to open in mid-2019.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488902

The sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony on the new $6.53 mil­lion Lake­lands Hockey and Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

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