Hockey players in Victoria’s Peninsula region celebrated the opening of the upgraded Monash University Peninsula Hockey Centre today, after the installation of a state-of-the-art synthetic pitch.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Coalition Government was improving regional communities by investing in local projects.
“This upgrade gives the community an opportunity to bring in regional and state-level hockey and soccer matches, and encourages more people to participate in local sport,” Mr Chester said.
“The project created six jobs during construction with an additional three ongoing jobs, while the ability to host more events will pay dividends for local businesses and that will lead to further work for people in the community.”
Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther, who attended the opening today, said the upgraded facilities would have a significant impact on sporting clubs, schools and referees in the region.
“The installation of an International Hockey Federation standard synthetic turf surface and shock pad will ensure we have access to safely train and play matches,” Mr Crewther said.
“I am sure our local hockey enthusiasts will make great use of this new playing surface. The upgrade will allow 26,000 visits per year, across junior, female and male training and competition matches. I am very pleased to see this project promised during my election campaign delivered.”
The project was jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($100,000) and Monash University ($442,291).