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Parkes to get a new Hockey Field

Parkes is set to get a new international standard hockey field for locals and visitors to enjoy following a successful ClubGRANTS Category 3 funding application.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant and Member for Orange Andrew Gee today announced $500,000 to go towards developing an eco-friendly synthetic hockey field at the Cheney/McGlynn Parkes sports field.

“The construction of a second synthetic hockey pitch will complement the existing 'Stephen Davies' field which underwent major upgrades in 2012 and address the growing demand for a facility of this kind in the area,” Mr Grant said.

“The second hockey pitch is the last piece of a larger project to redevelop Cheney/McGlynn Parks which has included eight new netball courts, lighting upgrades, a purpose built amenities building, and resurfacing of the first pitch.

“This second pitch will complete a multi-sport precinct that can cater for hockey, netball, cricket and touch football,” Mr Grant said.

“The Government is proud to support this exciting project that will contribute to the well-being of individuals and the community through the development of high quality sporting infrastructure.”

Member for Orange Andrew Gee said the $1.26 million dollar project would encourage more people to get involved in the sport as well as providing a significant increase in economic, social and health benefits for the region.

“Hockey is a popular sport in Parkes, however participation is set to significantly increase with this new synthetic hockey pitch which will enable greater community access through additional weekend games and increased weekday training opportunities on a safer surface,” Mr Gee said.

“It will allow Parkes to increase hockey player numbers, advance player skills and host major fixtures and coaching clinics.

“There is also potential for a tourism and financial boost for the Parkes community, with this new pitch now providing the opportunity to host state, national and international competitions which require two hockey pitches,” Mr Gee said.

Category 3 of the ClubGRANTS scheme was established by the NSW Government in 2011 as a direct deduction from club gaming machine profits into a statewide funding pool for large scale community projects.

In 2014/15, a total of $12.58 million is being allocated across NSW to help build and renew community sporting, recreational and cultural facilities with project grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.

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