New hockey pitch ready for play

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Construction of a new wet pitch at the Bendigo Regional Hockey Centre is now complete and ready for play.

City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said the new wet pitch surface is part of a major $6.2 million redevelopment of the centre.

“The new wet pitch surface meets the global certification standards of the International Hockey Federation so not only will it support the growing local hockey community it will also improve Bendigo’s ability to host local, national and international hockey events for years to come,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“Bendigo is the only hockey facility outside of Melbourne to boast two global standard international pitches as certified by the International Hockey Federation.

“Seven clubs with a combined membership of 800 people currently use the centre and the new pitch will be a fantastic asset for the sport, the players and for Bendigo.”

The $6.2 million project also includes the construction of a major new pavilion and the refurbishment of the existing pavilion.

Work on the pavilions will commence in late 2018 after the hockey season concludes.

The new pavilion will be on two levels next to the existing building. Upstairs will be a social room, office, toilets, kitchen/kiosk and meeting room, and external viewing decks looking over the two pitches. Downstairs will house a further four change rooms with toilets and showers, plus extensive storage areas for the tenant hockey clubs.

The existing pavilion will be refurbished to house two refurbished change rooms with showers and toilets as well as new umpires change rooms.

The project is being funded by $5.38 million from the City of Greater Bendigo, $650,000 from the Victorian Government and $400,000 from Hockey Central Victoria.

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