New field to bring titles
A MURWILLUMBAH sports association hopes the expansion of its facilities will attract more national and state titles.
Tweed Border Hockey Association president Richard Phillip said a second synthetic hockey field could attract more state, national and international events.
"Right now we have seven clubs based here that will benefit from this new field," Mr Phillip said.
"The new field will be silicon grass the same as Astroturf and it's a dry field.
"The one we have right now is a wet field, which means it has to be played with water on it so that it won't give players carpet burn.
"The new field is going to take about six months to construct and cost about $900,000."
Tweed Shire Council is tendering for construction of the dry field.
"The council is looking after it because our fields are on council land," Mr Phillip said.
"We have a very good relationship with the council."
Mr Philip said the association fields would benefit seven clubs rather than single club grounds that benefit the one club.
The council's manager of recreation services Stewart Brawley said the Murwillumbah hockey complex expansion included the second field and upgrades to the clubhouse and car parks.
"Council worked closely with the Border Hockey Association to refine the design for the proposed facility upgrade and attain the necessary approvals," Mr Brawley said.
"Council has committed a contribution of $500,000 toward the construction of a new synthetic pitch.
"The construction of a second pitch and upgrade of facilities will provide the association with the facilities to improve on the delivery of their sport to the community, increase opportunity for participants of all levels and ensure the growth of the association and the sport."
The council is considering tenders at its meeting this week, provided submissions are to budget.
Tweed Border Hockey Association is hosting an inaugural under-13 boys national hockey tournament on September 24. Each state and territory will have a side competing in the tournament.