Pitt pledges $350,000 to Bay hockey for synthetic turf
THE Hervey Bay Hockey Association has welcomed a $350,000 funding pledge from LNP candidate Keith Pitt to install synthetic turf on its major playing field.
Association secretary Cathy Milijasevic said she was thrilled with the funding pledge and it was great news.
"Our association has worked on this for several years now because we want to provide top-quality facilities for our players and others who compete here," she said.
The estimated cost of the project is $700,000.
The association will contribute $200,000 of its own raised funds and the remaining $150,000 is expected to come from the Queensland Government and other in-kind support.
Hinkler candidate Keith Pitt said he had worked hard to secure the pledge for the hockey association.
"Hervey Bay is one of only a few regional cities which does not have a competition-standard playing surface, which means it cannot host regional, state and national titles," he said.
"If this project can be completed it means the association will be able to conduct top-level competitions which will attract players and their families from far and wide.
"Hosting these tournaments will also inject more jobs for locals and big dollars into the local economy, which is great news for the Fraser Coast's accommodation, food and tourism operators."
Shadow Federal Sport Minister Luke Hartsuyker said the funding would help bolster the club's activities.
"The upgrade will put Hervey Bay on a par with other regional cities and help the association boost its profile and attract new members," he said.
"Sport is a great way to keep active and healthy, bring families together and build community spirit."