Townsville Hockey Complex has reopened following the completion of $1.7 million in restoration works, just in time to host the Queensland School Sport Tournament and the Queensland under-18s Men’s State Championships.
Works at the complex were funded under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the rapid delivery of $1.7 million project demonstrated the cross-government commitment to supporting all facets of the region’s recovery.
“The reopening of this complex comes just four months after floodwaters destroyed playing fields and damaged facilities,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Community spirit and solidarity are so important during recovery and sport can help with that.
“The synthetic playing fields have been replaced, the manicured grass fields rejuvenated, and the fences, playing lights and irrigation system have all been all repaired.
“All levels of government have worked together to get these facilities up and running again for the Townsville community.”
Queensland Minister for Communities and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said the restoration of the Townsville Hockey Complex reflected the city’s strength and determination to recover from the significant impacts of this year’s flooding.
“This weather event was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced,” Minister O’Rourke said.
“While there is still a long way to go on our recovery journey, it’s great to see positive outcomes like this being delivered for our community.”
In addition to the $1.7 million restoration of the complex, the QLD Government has also funded a new female amenities building in time for the state competitions, featuring change rooms, toilets, showers, and disabled and mothers facilities.
“We’ve invested $434,000 for these new facilities through our Sport and Recreation Female Facilities Program, which supports greater female participation in sport,” Minister O’Rourke said.
“This is one of 45 projects the Government is funding, totalling $15 million in investment across Queensland to build more female sporting facilities.”
Townsville Hockey Association President Annette Maidment said it was fantastic to have the repairs finished so quickly.
“I don’t think anyone can fully understand what it means to have these hockey fields hosting competitions again,” Mrs Maidment said.
“The loss of the synthetic fields was a huge blow to the local hockey community, so to have them back is an enormous step forward after the devastation of the floods.
“Our fields are used by more than 900 club members, as well as schools, junior participation programs, remote Indigenous hockey programs and the entire community.
“The work done by our volunteers and our facility management team to coordinate the repairs and rebuild has been nothing short of amazing.
“It was important for us to get our facilities ready in time for these two championships, not only to minimise disruption to players and families travelling from around the state but to demonstrate to everyone that Townsville is on the path to recovery.”
Source: Australian Government