City of Gosnells offered $1.3m in funds pitch for new hockey turf


Hockey WA CEO Peter Churack, Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle and Southern River Hockey Club president John Heath.
Hockey WA CEO Peter Churack, Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle and Southern River Hockey Club president John Heath.

THE City of Gosnells has been 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 southeastern 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, having had a much larger regional vision, he 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.

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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 $6.5 million and involving the Fremantle Hockey Club moving to South Lake.

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 with no hockey clubs.