Council grants $300,000 for upgrade to Moorebank hockey fields

Liverpool City Council has given the Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club (MLDHC) $300,000 to assist with major upgrade works to the Ernie Smith Reserve Hockey Complex.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the upgrade will make Ernie Smith Reserve one of the finest hockey venues in Australia.

“Ernie Smith Reserve has an excellent reputation as a venue that hosts state and national hockey championships,” Mayor Waller said.

“It is regularly chosen to host large tournaments which brings significant tourism benefits to the local area.

“The venue has been tentatively confirmed to host a number of major events in 2018 worth millions of tourism dollars. Funding this upgrade will ensure these events can take place.

“I am proud that Council is able to assist with the upgrade and look forward to Liverpool’s ongoing recognition as a leading destination for large sporting competitions.”

The grant will be combined with funds raised by the club to upgrade the current sand-based field to an Olympic-class water-based field, bringing it to the same standard as the venue’s other fields.

President of the MLDHC Kevin Flack said the upgrade would give the venue three Olympic-class hockey fields, which would further develop the sport.

“The upgrade of the sand-based pitch will allow hockey in the region to continue to grow and enhance the club’s role in developing hockey at the grassroots level,” Mr Flack said.

Plans to increase junior participation and introduce senior social competitions round out the vision for the upgrade.