The future of hockey in Goulburn and the wider region is looking bright, following the completion of hockey field light upgrades this month.
New LED lighting systems have been installed for both fields at Goulburn Hockey Complex, with a maximum light level of 500 lux – a standard that will enable Goulburn to host national grade competitions.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded the tender for the $324,971 project to Power by Watts in February 2021.
Mayor Bob Kirk welcomed the upgrade and the speed with which it was delivered.
“It is a wonderful result to have this lighting already completed within six months of awarding the tender for the project,” he said.
“This is a significant step in our redevelopment of the entire Goulburn Hockey Complex, with refurbishment of the western field now also well underway.
“Soon we will once again have a complex with two high-standard fields, which is excellent for the region.”
Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman said the city has a proud history when it comes to professional and social hockey participation.
“These upgrades to the Goulburn regional hockey facility will secure the future of the sport in the region, allowing players to keep on playing and also encouraging newcomers to join,” she said.
Polytan was selected to provide a refurbished water-based field at a cost of $1,710,137. Polytan is an experienced company in the provision of hockey turf fields, and was the sole supplier of hockey surfacing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Upgraded men’s and women’s change rooms, and a new 132-space sealed car park are also to be constructed as part of the wider project, which will see the Goulburn Hockey Complex able to cater to state and national hockey championship requirements.
The NSW Government has provided $3.8 million through the Restart NSW program, with Goulburn Hockey Association also contributing $200,000.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council purchased the complex off Goulburn Workers Club in November 2020 for $3 million in order to secure the future of hockey in the region.