South Lake: last hope for hockey facilities


The City of Cockburn, Fremantle Hockey Club and Hockey WA are hoping to secure funding for facilities in South Lake.|Picture: Matt Jelonek         d451193
The City of Cockburn, Fremantle Hockey Club and Hockey WA are hoping to secure funding for facilities in South Lake.|Picture: Matt Jelonek         d451193

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).

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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.

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 $1.3m 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 and will continue to work with its partners to try to achieve this positive outcome,” he said.

Hockey WA Facilities Project

March 2016: The City of Cockburn, Fremantle Hockey Club, Hockey WA, The City of Gosnells and Southern River Hockey Club lodge a joint National Stronger Regions Fund application to help fund facility upgrades under the $19m Hockey WA Facilities Project.
September 2016: With successful NSRF applications to be determined in October, City of Cockburn councillors vote to seek financial assistance from the State Government, if its Federal bid is unsuccessful.
October 2016: The NSRF bid fails, but the City of Gosnells is offered $1.3 million for a synthetic hockey pitch at Sutherlands Park to service the south eastern metropolitan region. The City of Cockburn lodges an application for $2m in funding under the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.
December 2016 – January 2017: The City expects to find out if it has been successful in its bid for State Government funding