Rockhampton hockey lovers have won big with the newly upgraded Kalka Shades hockey fields at Koongal on Queensland’s central coast.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who attended today’s opening, said the new international-standard synthetic field and resurfacing of an existing field would grow the sport in Rockhampton.
“This upgrade will allow the Rockhampton Hockey Association (RHA) to host professional-standard national championships and international test matches,” Ms Landry said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the prospect of future professional RHA events would generate more interest in hockey across the region, encourage community participation and support the region’s economy.
“The construction of the new fields has already created 11 jobs in the community, with a further seven ongoing jobs expected in the future, making this a great example of how investing in regional sporting infrastructure can deliver for communities,” Mr McCormack said.
State Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the new hockey field would cater to players of all ages and skill level and encourage more Central Queenslanders to get active.
"The Queensland Government is investing in all levels of sport and recreation so that no matter where you live, or how much you earn, you get the opportunity to be your best,” Mr O’Rourke said.
"This new field is allowing Rockhampton to host the 2019 Oceania Cup in September, giving aspiring players a chance to watch hockey being played at a professional level, thanks to six test matches and a Hockey 5s tournament."
QLD Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the new fields were made possible by $2.8 million from the Queensland Government Works for Queensland project, which had resulted in thousands of jobs across regional Queensland.
“This means not only security of employment for families but jobs for tradies and apprentices just starting out in their careers,” he said.
“Already, Works for Queensland has delivered more than $27.2 million to Rockhampton Regional Council for infrastructure projects, which have created or sustained almost 650 jobs.”
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said this new field will help encourage the next generation of players to join legends like Jamie Dwyer, Matt Gohdes and Mark Knowles.
“It is really exciting to see a world class hockey facility right here in Rockhampton ready for the Oceania Cup and what a fantastic motivation this will be for young athletes who aspire to play at an international level,” Mayor Strelow said.
“This new field, and the opportunity to host Oceania Cup, would not have been possible without contributions from the State and Federal Government and The Rockhampton Hockey Association’s mighty effort to fundraise nearly $400,000.
“In particular, I want to thank Minister Hinchliffe for the significant funding from the Works for Queensland program that has been so beneficial, not only for this field but to Rockhampton’s economy and employment.”
This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $600,000, the Queensland Government $3,421,594, Rockhampton Regional Council $1,482,000 and Rockhampton Hockey Association $396,594.
Mr McCormack – Tess Salmon 0467 740 017 | Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Ms Landry – Tom Birkbeck 0418 908 159
Mr O’Rourke – Electorate Office (07) 4994 2100
Mr Hinchliffe – Bernadette Condren 0417 296 116
Cr Strelow – (07) 4936 8275