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East Gippsland hockey players score synthetic pitch for WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale

Significant improvement done to the facilities of Womens Organisation for Recreation, Leisure and Development (WORLD) sporting precinct.

By news@gippsland - 6th August 2021 - Back to News

Local hockey players are celebrating the news that the redevelopment of the WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale will now include a synthetic hockey pitch, after a decision by East Gippsland Shire Council on Tuesday, August 3.

Council is working closely with East Gippsland Hockey Association to make this pitch a reality and the association has agreed to manage the facility

Council is working closely with East Gippsland Hockey Association to make this pitch a reality and the association has agreed to manage the facility

Supporting the growth of hockey

Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said the inclusion of the synthetic pitch, which will replace one of the proposed grass fields, would support the growth of hockey in East Gippsland and help our aspiring Hockeyroos and Kookaburras to improve their skills.

"Hockey is a growing sport in East Gippsland and this synthetic playing field will encourage even more participation. Its an exciting addition that will be used region-wide," Cr Urie said.

"Council is working closely with East Gippsland Hockey Association to make this pitch a reality and the association has agreed to manage the facility. Its a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together to achieve our goals."

H2: Improving sporting precinct

Cr Urie also said, "Councillors and officers agreed that including the synthetic pitch in the Stage 1 works was the right time to add the synthetic pitch. As a result, Council passed a contract variation on Tuesday night to allow for one of the two planned grass hockey fields to become a synthetic surface."

The increased investment will significantly improve the sporting precinct used by Bairnsdale Hockey Club and East Gippsland Hockey Association, as well as East Gippsland United Football Club, Bairnsdale Soccer Club and Bairnsdale Netball Association.

Work at the Wallace Street site began this month. Stage 1 includes demolishing the existing pavilion, establishing two grass playing fields and building a car park. The upgrades are due for completion in December, with the synthetic hockey pitch and other upgrades tipped for completion in February 2022.

Improved spectator amenities and facilities

Once finished, the WORLD Sporting Precinct will have upgraded netball courts, hockey and soccer pitches (including a synthetic hockey pitch), pavilions, floodlighting and improved spectator amenities and facilities.

It will be home to more than 750 local netballers, 630 soccer players and a growing group of hockey players thanks to the introduction of the dedicated synthetic pitch. It also will allow students throughout the region to use the much-improved facilities for carnivals and inter school sporting events.

In May, Council received a low-interest loan for this project from the Victorian Government, which will assist in funding the synthetic surface. The WORLD redevelopment has also received funding from the Federal Governments Building Better Regions program and the Victorian Governments Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Pictures from East Gippsland Hockey Association Facebook page.


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