Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today opened the new $1.6 million upgraded Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre in Goonellabah.
“This is great news for our community and cements our reputation as the sporting capital of regional NSW,” he said.
“The upgraded and expanded hockey complex now has a new state-of-the-art pitch with lighting, seating, player spaces, official and technical officers’ spaces, toilets and covered playing preparation areas.
“With the Centre now open it will host the 2018 Men’s Masters Australian Hockey Championships later in the year which is expected to inject $4.5 million into our local economy with 1800 players and spectators expected to converge on the Northern Rivers.
“This is great news for our local motels, restaurants and cafes.”
The project created 16 permanent ongoing jobs and 76 jobs during the construction phase.
The project was jointly funded by the Federal 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 www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund