Allan Douma, Kathy Milijasevic, Paul Neville and Ken Taylor.
Allan Douma, Kathy Milijasevic, Paul Neville and Ken Taylor. Valerie Horton

Neville promises hockey upgrade

HERVEY Bay hockey scored a long-overdue goal yesterday when association members learned they were in line for a $260,000 handout – if the Coalition wins Saturday's election.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville pledged the money towards an upgrade of the association's playing facilities.

The members plan to put in new synthetic turf on their major field, as well as carrying out alterations to the clubhouse.

“The estimated total cost of the project is around $900,000, of which the association has raised $100,000. A state sports grant is also being sought,” Neville said.

“Hervey Bay is one of only a handful of cities not to have a competition-standard playing surface to attract regional, state and national titles, so this funding would support competition and elite players alike.

“The upgrade would also put Hervey Bay on a par with Maryborough and Bundaberg, and it would help boost the association's profile and its ability to host top-flight events.”

Hervey Bay Hockey Association president Alan Douma said he was “rapt” with the money promise.

“We've already raised around $100,000 towards the project and this $260,000 is a real win for us. I just hope Paul wins government so we get it,” he said.



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