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Hockey Field Fiasco
The state of the art sporting facility which has been funded by the Federal Government is currently lying dormant and is yet to be used due the field not meeting the required specification as per the design.
The project was managed and partly constructed by PMHC, who now cannot hand the field over to the Port Macquarie Hockey Association due to the layout of the field not meeting the National standard for competition.
There is no power to the site, no water and no lighting. There are also questions in relation to the safety of the fence height at the Western end of the field which adjoins busy Ocean Drive. Given that thousands of motorists travel on Ocean Drive each day, the possibility of a wayward hockey ball deflecting and landing amongst travelling motorists is a reality.
What is most concerning in this matter is that PMHC had minimal consultation with the Port Macquarie Hockey Association regarding their end user requirements during the design and construction phase of the facility.
Whilst the fields are impressive, they are unusable at a National level and will only be of value for club level competitions.
Council at this time has not informed the Port Macquarie Hockey Association with any solution to the current problem with the field and more importantly when they are able to begin to use this facility.
This is another example of a community sporting group being excluded from matters which are of concern to them.
Should I be elected on 29 July, I will ensure all sporting groups are consulted and will come to the table to discuss their future sporting requirements in an open and transparent manner to prevent issues like this from reoccurring again.