Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
Pitch Perfect – Hockey In Geelong Scores $625,000
Victor P Taffa
More people in Geelong will be getting more active, more often, following todays announcement of $625,000 in funding to install a second synthetic hockey pitch at Stead Park, reinforcing the venue as a regional hockey centre in Geelong.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty, joined by Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, today visited the centre to announce the funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Facility Funding Program- Major Facilities category.
“One of the Victorian Government’s key objectives is to build healthy and active Communities.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“To achieve this goal, we need quality community facilities that encourage local people to play the sports they love for many years to come.”
“Hockey Geelong is one of Hockey Victoria’s strongest affiliates catering for players ranging from 5 to over 60 years of age.”
“The extra pitch will allow associations such as Hockey Geelong and its affiliate clubs to develop local talent and competitions, and provide a wider range of opportunities for the more than 1,000 members keen to play.”
“I’m confident we’ll soon see some state and national championships secured for Geelong’s passionate hockey community thanks to this project.” Mr. Delahunty said.
Mr. Delahunty said the funding for the project would go towards establishing the extra pitch as well as fencing, drainage and floodlighting, which would enable clubs to train and play well into the night.
“Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable venues that make a difference to people.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“Sporting facilities are important community assets and provide a social hub, particularly in regional areas.”
“As well as the health benefits, we are also helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs throughout the construction phase.”
Mr. Delahunty said the Government was focussed on building better sporting facilities for local people across the State, while also delivering important outcomes for the Victorian community.
“This is just one way we are delivering on the Victorian Government’s strategy to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the State.” Mr. Delahunty said.
Mr. Delahunty thanked funding partners City of Greater Geelong, for its contribution of more than $1 Million to the project, and Geelong Hockey Association for providing $250,000.