Upgrade delivers international standard playing field

Mayor of Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, said that a recent upgrade to Pioneer Park Hockey field is yet another facility that can be considered a great asset to the region’s sporting community due to a recently completed upgrade.

“Extensive works have been carried out to deliver this new playing surface, which continues to allow local and regional players access to a field of international standard,” he said.

“These works were identified as necessary as the old surface was showing significant signs of wear and tear as it was reaching the end of its life,” he said.

Works carried out included the installation of a new shock pad, which makes it soft to run on, reducing player fatigue and injury, and a new synthetic surface colour matched to the Dubbo Ladies Premier League team (blue and pink). The total cost of the resurfacing of the hockey field was $410,000.

“The project was funded from the Restricted Asset for the Hockey Complex for which both the Dubbo Hockey Association and Dubbo Regional Council contributes funds to annually to ensure that there are sufficient funds to undertake these works on a cyclic basis,”

“Dubbo Hockey should be recognised as the sport group that contributes the largest financial contribution to the renewal of the Council asset they need to play their game. They have paid between $12,000 and $20,000 per annum since the original field was installed in 1996 to ensure it could be replaced at the end of its life. It is a relatively small sport in Dubbo and they should be congratulated on their long term commitment to the facility they use and the efforts they are making to grow their sport,” Councillor Shields said.

“Council is committed to working with sporting user groups to provide and maintain facilities that will benefit our sporting community and attract competitors from around the region,” he said.

Media Contact:
Mayor of Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 07 Feb 2018

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