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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    $16.5m GC2018 hockey venue redevelopment complete

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    $16.5m GC2018 hockey venue redevelopment complete

    All Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games competition venues are ready for Games action with the completion of the $16.5 million Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

    Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones, Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo and City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate today unveiled the new-look hockey venue at Keith Hunt Park in Labrador.

    Ms Jones said the redevelopment included two new synthetic international standard pitches and seating for 500.

    “I’m delighted to be able to deliver the final world-class sporting venue for the Gold Coast well ahead of the Games,” Ms Jones said.

    “The two new synthetic pitches were built to international competition standards, providing outstanding facilities for the local hockey community.

    “The redevelopment, which also included the upgrade and expansion of the clubhouse amenities, will benefit the sport locally and aid in the attraction of major competitions and international training camps long after the Commonwealth Games.”

    Ms Jones said Gold Coast builder Alder Constructions managed the redevelopment with more than 1000 workers on-site throughout the duration of the 16-month project.

    “Wherever possible, the Palaszczuk Government made it a priority to ensure local businesses and workers benefit from the $320 million GC2018 venue construction program,” she said.

    “The redevelopment project has delivered a significant legacy for the Gold Coast hockey community as well as local business.” 

    Minister Ciobo said the Gold Coast Hockey Centre redevelopment would cater for elite and community sporting groups as well as provide a range of facilities to support the public to be physically active. 

    “The development will not only provide new and upgraded infrastructure to support the growth of hockey on the Gold Coast, it will also help attract major competitions and international training camps long after the Games, driving tourism, jobs and economic growth for our city,” Mr Ciobo said. 

    “This is one of a number of projects the Australian Government has co-funded as part of its $156 million investment in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to provide a legacy into the future and with under 12 months to go until the Games the modern sports infrastructure in place will contribute to a truly memorable event.”

    Cr Tate said the final GC2018 venue for the Gold Coast would support the development of hockey on the coast and create opportunities for future training camps and major events.

    “GC2018 has brought a renewed focus on sport, from grass roots through to elite level with more than $200 million invested in new and upgraded sporting and community infrastructure in the city,” Cr Tate said.

    The refurbishment and expansion of the existing Gold Coast Hockey Centre building included new meeting rooms, kitchen and bar facilities, a function room, change rooms and amenities. 

    New permanent spectator seating for 500 was also built, with provision to accommodate about 5000 during GC2018.

    The Gold Coast Hockey Centre redevelopment was funded by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and City of Gold Coast.

    More information: www.gc2018.com

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