We are delighted to announce that the new hockey field at Wantirna Reserve East will be starting soon and was celebrated with a ceremonial sod turn by Mayor Cr Susan Laukens, Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch (via video link) and representatives of the Knox Hockey Club.
This year the club had to move from its home of 20 years at The Knox School to make way for new school facilities and this important sporting facility will provide a home base for the 400-strong Knox Hockey Club members.
Council has been working with the club for several years to find a new home that suits their needs and chose Wantirna Reserve East for its proximity to transport, minimal impact to local residents and ability to house an appropriate facility that meets the needs of hockey.
The $3.625M project involves the development of an International Hockey Federation-standard synthetic hockey field, with associated infrastructure on the existing football and cricket oval, replacement of the existing sports lighting with highly-efficient and focused LED units, two disabled car parking spaces, and DDA-compliant access.
The existing pavilion will be retained and become the hockey club’s new home base.
Local growth in hockey is higher in Knox than anywhere else in Victoria, and now we can provide improved opportunities for Knox residents to play hockey into the future.
Construction is due to commence in April and is expected to be completed in November, 2022.