Hockey refurbishment on its way

Hobsons Bay council has awarded a $4 million contract to Fleetwood Australia for the redevelopment of the Altona Hockey Club Pavilion.

In its meeting on Tuesday, May 14, council agreed to award the contract for the pavilion refurbishment, which council said is “no longer fit for purpose.”

The Altona Hockey Club is located at Sugar Gum Drive in Altona. It was built in the 1960s and extended in the 1980s and comprises a social room, toilets, kitchen, bar, office and two change rooms.

“It is an old building with facilities that do not meet the current requirements,” said a council report.

“The project consists of the demolition of the existing pavilion and the construction of a new modular pavilion.”

The new pavilion will include four change rooms with amenities, two umpire facilities, a first aid room, storage, social space, a kitchen and public amenities.

These works will be undertaken in the off-season of hockey.

Councillor Tony Briffa said the club is an important part of the Hobsons Bay community and members have waited for the refurbishment for a long time.

“They do amazing work with the local community. They support the diversity of our community as well and have amazing days for recognising our First Nations people and LGBTQIA plus people,” she said.

“They have long waited for this and have been very patient in waiting for this, as have a lot of the clubs around the Altona sporting precinct.

“I’m really pleased that this is now their turn and very much look forward to the commencement of the works, but more importantly the works being finished.”

Councillor Peter Hemphill said the refurbishment fits in with council’s sports needs analysis of 2018, which assesses sports facilities in the municipality.

“I think this is a good outcome and I am pleased to have helped the club get to this point,” he said.