New hockey facility underway

Published on Thursday 12 April, 2018

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New hockey facility underway

Work has started to prepare Sutherlands Park for a new synthetic hockey ground, the first of its kind in Perth’s south-east.

Groundworks are now in progress to clear and level the site, install sub-soil drainage and deliver infill to raise flood-prone areas by up to 800mm.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the $2.6 million facility, which was expected to be ready for competition in July, was a terrific coup for the City.

“This has been a real joint effort with the City of Gosnells, State and Federal governments and the Southern River Hockey Club coming together to develop and fund this project,” said Mayor Dewhurst.

“Having such a high-quality facility at Sutherlands Park will give local hockey players, as well as those from other clubs in the south-east region, an opportunity to train and compete on a superior surface.

“Southern River Hockey Club has come a long way in its 12-year history to now have more than 220 members, with teams playing at all levels of competition.

“This facility will be an important step in the club’s growth and the development of hockey in our region, with national and international teams being able to play here.”

While groundworks continue, work will also be carried out on fencing, floodlighting, irrigation, paving, public seating and player shelters.

The existing pavilion will remain operational, however dog walkers and the community are encouraged to avoid Reserve E along Gay Street. Dog walkers can still use the five other ovals at Sutherlands Park.

The City of Gosnells, State Government and Southern River Hockey Club are each contributing $438,000 to the project, while the remaining $1.3 million will be provided under the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Program.

During construction, site queries should be directed to Tracc Civil on 6323 2301. For general project queries, please call the City’s Facility Planning Coordinator on 9397 3237.