Turf Development

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Turf Development Update - from the President

Dear Club Members,

 

I thought I would take this opportunity to update everyone on the current situation regard the Synthetic turf development for the club.

 

As you would all be aware there has been a lot of attention on the Club and Council regarding a potential hockey turf at Harold Rossiter Reserve.  This has come to a head in the last month with council meeting and more recently on the 3rd of August with a ‘Today Tonight’ television Story.

 

For those desperate to see the story it can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/shares/view?id=1519124038127047

 

It should be noted that there is a lot of misinformation out in the community at the moment and as such it is important that you all know where we are at, so you can share this with family and friends and support the club.

 

Before I start it should be noted that the Town has not committed to a location, nor has the club.  As a club we will continue to work with the town in identifying a suitable location that will address the needs of this wonderful club.

 

I will only cover the recent events, because this has been going for over 10 years and no one has time for that recap. Needless to say, Club Executive have been working on this proposal for a considerable period and it is a key part of the Club Business Plan which is available to all club members.

 

So, Where is the process at?: 

In 2016/17 the Town commissioned AECOM to deliver a Business Case to investigate the development of a Synthetic Turf Hockey Field with supporting grass fields at Harold Rossiter Reserve.

 

This was based on the development of a Pre-Feasibility study in 2015, which stated that “Harold Rossiter Reserve presents itself as the most suitable location for development of a synthetic turf facility given the limited impacts to the surrounding residential community, existing clubroom and car parking improvements and availability of surplus land for development.”

 

The Business Case was then presented to Councillors at the Council meeting in July resulting in a large degree of negativity from some members of the local community.

 

As an outcome of the council meeting, the Victoria Park Council recognise the need for the club to have a turf facility and will “Investigate alternative locations and strategies in addition to Harold Rossiter Reserve for a synthetic turf facility for the Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club with a report presented back to Council for its consideration at the October 2017 OCM.”

 

A Consultant has now been appointed and the club is working with the Council and the Consultant to consider all options (preferably within the Town) to identify a suitable location that will cater for the club’s needs.

 

What can you do to Help: 

  • It is important that the club has a common view when it comes to the development of a new facility and as such we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the responses we are trying to give (see link below)
  • As part of the community consultation process the Town has set up a Consultation page at:

http://yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/synthetic-turf-hockey-facility 

I encourage all members to sign up to this and pledge support to the development of a synthetic hockey turf within the Town of Victoria Park.

  • As part of the review into sites within the town, there will be a community workshop session.  Again I encourage all Town of Vic Park residents (and others) to attend:

The ToVP will be holding a community workshop where they will cover the history of the synthetic turf project, the process used to analyse potential sites and their recommended options. Help do a SWOT analysis of the different sites, and provide your own recommendations to be included in the report to Council.

 To register to attend, visit http://yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/synthetic-turf-hockey-facility
or call 9311 8111 or email
hockey@vicpark.wa.gov.au

 

Community Workshop

4 September 2017,  6 – 8.30pm

Town of Victoria Park Administration

99 Shepperton Rd, Victoria Park

 

Registrations are required for catering and seating purposes. A second community workshop may be offered if participant numbers are high.

 

 

 

We do need the support of all club members on this, so when you are next taking to family, friends neighbours living within the town, why not let them know about the club and the importance of a turf to this ‘community’ sporting group.

 

CLICK for FAQs - Please take the time to read this

 

I thank everyone for their patience and support in this long journey.  It is far from over and all we ask is that you stick with us.  And when the time comes, and we have our own turf, it will be one fantastic party.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the information contained within, please do not hesitate to contact myself, or any of the Club Executive members.

 

 

Regards,

 

Ryan Willis

Club President
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