Federal Perth candidates pledge $20,000 to keep Street Roller Hockey League going after noise complaints


Federal Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn and Street Roller Hockey League commissioner Eamonn Lourey.
Federal Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn and Street Roller Hockey League commissioner Eamonn Lourey.

THE Street Roller Hockey League has drawn Federal attention, with both major party candidates promising to give $20,000 to construct a wall and noise mitigation measures.

The league, which joined forces with the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club late last year, stopped matches three weeks ago after it was advised by the City of Bayswater to keep noise down or relocate.

Matches finish by 7pm and after an initial warning, the hockey league had modified the rink to try to keep down noise.

At the weekend, Liberal Perth candidate Jeremy Quinn promised $20,000 to the league.

“If elected to represent the seat of Perth, the Turnbull Team will commit $20,000 towards the Street Roller Hockey League Bayswater for noise amelioration,” he said.

Five hours’ later, Labor Perth candidate Tim Hammond matched Mr Quinn’s promise.

“If a Shorten Labor government is elected, we will honour that commitment and contribute the equivalent sum towards noise amelioration measures,” he said.

Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club president Steve Lay said he welcomed the announcements, but would like to see the commitment honoured regardless of the election result.

He said the club had a sound engineer examining the rink and would advise costing so the rink remained below 50 decibels.

Mr Lay said the hockey players had only been over noise levels for “two split seconds”, when matches ran slightly past the 7pm finish time and the noise allowances dropped.

“We were complying 99.9 per cent of the time,” he said.

Mr Lay said cancelling matches had had an impact on the bowls club and two caterers.

“It’s had a ripple effect; we’re 50 per cent down on our turnover at the club,” he said.