Traeger Avenue Hockey Pitch Opened In Time For Alice Springs Masters Games

Traeger Avenue Hockey Pitch Opened In Time For Alice Springs Masters Games

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Hockey Pitch Upgrade Completed At Traeger Avenue

Victor P Taffa

Upgrades to the Traeger Avenue Hockey pitch have been completed ahead of the Alice Springs Masters Games to be held in October this year.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the replacement of the hockey pitch was identified as a key priority by the Alice Springs Town Council, Alice Springs Hockey Association and Hockey NT, and the community.

“We know how much Centralians love their sport, which is why we are creating jobs and investing $6.2 Million into sporting infrastructure in Alice Springs, based on priorities identified by the community.” Minister Moss said.

Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield said it was exciting to see the project completed to ensure the club is at its optimum before the Masters Games events.

“Revitalising our facilities ensures that our sporting facilities, clubs and associations have access to facilities where they can live active, healthy lives.” Minister Wakefield said.

“Resurfacing works will prevent further detrition to the facility and ensure players can get back on the field to train.”

New synthetic hockey surface meets International Hockey Federation requirements and will provide Traeger Park with a world class surface.

This is one of 7 projects funded under the Territory Government’s $6.2 Million investment in community sporting infrastructure in Alice Springs.

Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan said he thanked the Northern Territory Government for working with Council to resurface the hockey pitch making it the best surface yet for 2018 Masters Games.

“This funding was part of a wider sporting infrastructure package from the Northern Territory Government helping Council improve many of the sporting facilities across Alice Springs.” Cr. Ryan said.

“We look forward to continuing to rollout these much needed improvements for the community.”

Priorities included in the $6.2 Million investment were:

  • Resurface of the hockey pitch at Traeger Avenue
  • Evaporative cooler and fans at the Alice Springs Basketball Centre
  • Jim McConville oval change rooms and canteen facility
  • Ross Park change room and canteen
  • Flynn Drive oval facility rebuild, storage and canteen
  • Rhonda Diano oval upgrades to track and field amenities
  • Albrecht oval additional change room and storage.

Executive Officer from Hockey NT, Ian Harkness said they upgrade provided the hockey community and players, both senior and junior, to develop their skills on a quality playing surface.

“We appreciate the Northern Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council’s show of support for hockey in Alice Springs. It will certainly boost the development of the sport.” Mr. Harkness said.