Building a Better hockey centre for Lismore

Media Release

DC438/2017

15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

  • Work starts on $1.6 million state-of-the-art Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre
  • Project funded under Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund
  • The almost $500 million fund is set to build stronger regional communities

Hockey enthusiasts sent up a cheer today as the first sod was turned on the Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre upgrade and expansion project in Lismore.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the $1.6 million project, funded under the Building Better Regions Fund, was an investment in the region's future.

“Upgrading and expanding the existing hockey complex will deliver a new state-of-the-art pitch with lighting, seating, player spaces, official and technical officers’ spaces, toilets and covered playing preparation areas,” Mr Hogan said.

“The new Centre will also complement existing professional sporting facilities by attracting new sporting events to Lismore—encouraging community participation in sport while increasing volunteer opportunities for coaches, managers, umpires and committee members.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the fund is part of the Australian Government's commitment to building stronger communities in regional Australia.

“This investment will give Lismore a real edge. We know high-grade sporting grounds have a positive impact on the strength of a community and the health of its people, but this investment will also attract players from other states and regions, boosting the local economy,” Mr Chester said.

“This project will create 76 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs, continuing the Coalition's commitment to support economic growth and job creation in the regions.”

The project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($764,478), Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($550,000), Lismore City Council ($33,000) and private donors ($181,478). In-kind contributions were also provided by Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($66,340).

For further information on the Building Better Regions Fund visit business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund.