Fears Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club could be forced out of Town of Victoria Park

Harold Rossiter Reserve. d471516
Harold Rossiter Reserve. d471516

THERE is genuine fear Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club will be forced to leave the Town of Victoria Park after a report showed there were no viable options for them to stay.

The club, which has been in the Town under various names since 1962, is looking to move from its current location at Fletcher Park so it can build a synthetic turf facility to keep up with other clubs.

After some members of the community campaigned against the club’s preferred option at Harold Rossiter Reserve because of environmental concerns and the loss of public open space, the Town appointed Dave Lanfear Consulting to look at options for the club.

The consultant’s report came to the council at the elected members briefing session on October 3, which found there was no suitable location owned by the Town that could accommodate a synthetic turf pitch, three natural grass pitches and clubrooms.

Town staff’s recommendation is to work with the club to explore alternative options that would provide them increased access to a synthetic turf pitch.

Club president Ryan Willis said he was disappointed by the report findings and had concerns the club would be forced to move away from the Town.

“Given the timeframe, the report is as good as it could have been but it’s disappointing,” he said.

“To say there are no viable sites is disappointing and inaccurate.

“I think the Town needs to go further and investigate the public open spaces that are underutilised.

“I’d like the council to reject the recommendation or amend it to further investigate places like Higgins Park or Taylor Reserve.”

Mr Willis said the club was more than just about sport because it created social opportunities.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said more investigation would be required to ascertain whether there suitable locations for the club not owned by the Town.

“We are committed to continuing to work with the hockey club to explore more options and assess what is possible,” he said.

The Town will make a decision at tonight’s ordinary council meeting.

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