Hockey facilities to receive makeover

UPGRADE: Member for Giles Eddie Hughes with Megan Corbett from the Whyalla Hockey Association.
UPGRADE: Member for Giles Eddie Hughes with Megan Corbett from the Whyalla Hockey Association.

Sub-standard female toilet and change room facilities at the Whyalla Hockey Association will be receiving a makeover thanks to a $360,000 grant from the state government.

It’s part of a multi-million dollar commitment by the state government to improving female facilities at sporting clubs, bringing the them up to the same standard as male facilities.

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said the government was ‘more than happy’ to provide funding to upgrade the changerooms and toilets.

“This upgrade is beneficial for the community. One of the good things about the hockey association is that other sporting associations also use their facilities,” he said.

“It will be a broader community benefit, because there is an opportunity to expand the area where the hockey associations is positioned into a sporting precinct.

“That’s given you already have the tennis courts nearby and new facilities at the high school as well.”

Mr Hughes said it wasn’t just the hockey association which had sub-standard toilet and change room facilities.

“A major upgrade needs to happen in Whyalla so that we have decent modern facilities. If you’ve got modern facilities people are more likely to participate in sport,” he said.

“Council need to take the initiative with this upgrade, and if they do then the state and federal governments can look at what is being proposed and make a contribution to get a result.

“Port Pirie have applications in for a major sporitng upgrade, it’s already happened in Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, it needs to happen in Whyalla.”

Mr Hughes praised the hockey association for coming forward and asking for the financial support.

“They were very happy about the grant. It’s a credit to the hockey association, they are an organised body of poeple who try and do as much as they can for themselves,” he said.

“When people have done the basics it always makes it easier for the government to then provide support.”