The first competition games have been held on the new water-based turf at the Goulburn Regional Hockey Complex, following an official opening in March.
Mayor Peter Walker, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman Minister for Local Government and Member for Goulburn and Sharney Fleming President of Goulburn District Hockey officially opened the field.
Also in attendance was The Hon Angus Taylor Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction and Member for Hume, Kate Pulbrook of Hockey NSW and a number of committee members and hockey representatives from around the region.
The new complex contains two synthetic fields, national championship quality lighting and a new expanded car park that now comes straight off Deccan Street.
“The new blue turf can’t be missed, and provides an excellent fast surface for our players. Combined with the lighting and soon to be upgraded amenities buildings we will now be able to attract and host state and potentially even national hockey championship events” said Mayor Peter Walker.
Mrs Tuckerman said the facilities upgrade to championship event standard benefits local players and will attracts visitors to the region.
“Goulburn has a proud history when it comes to professional and social hockey participation and the upgrade secures the future of hockey in Goulburn and surrounds,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
Following the official opening and speeches Goulburn Hockey Association held a come and try day, before Goulburn’s three Canberra Capital League teams played their opening round matches.
The NSW Government provided $3.872 million towards this project, Council contributed just over $3 million to purchase the facility and Goulburn District Hockey Association also contributed $200,000.