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Mayor turns sod for new hockey facility

Published on Monday 17 July, 2017

Sutherlands Park sod turning

Players and members of the Southern River Hockey Club joined City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle at a sod turning ceremony to mark the start of work to install a synthetic hockey surface at Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale.

The Mayor, WA Senator Linda Reynolds, Hockey WA competition and events manager Shayley McGurk-Davy and hockey club president John Heath picked up spades to symbolically turn the soil for the new playing field.

Mayor Searle said the synthetic hockey surface would significantly improve playing and training conditions for the hockey club and visiting teams, and would potentially attract touring teams to the facility.

“It is a wonderful day for all the people who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition,” Mayor Searle said.

“For a growing hockey club to retain a competitive edge, there is a need to provide quality infrastructure, and that means being able to train and play on a synthetic surface.”

The Mayor said Southern River Hockey Club started operating at Sutherlands Park in 2006 with 58 members, and the membership now exceeded 220.

“From humble beginnings the club now fields teams across all levels of the sport including the highest grades,” she said.

Other hockey clubs in the south-east corridor will also have access to the new Sutherlands Park.

The new facility is being funded using contributions from the City, the Federal Government, the State Government and the club.