New hockey pitch for Greensborough club

Published on 26 August 2016

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A new synthetic hockey pitch will now be able to go ahead at the popular Greensborough Hockey Club after Council agreed to act as guarantor for a $500,000 loan. 

Greensborough Hockey Club, formed in 1959, has more than 500 players making up 47 teams. The Club, which runs from the Plenty War Memorial Park, has two synthetic hockey pitches. 

Nillumbik Shire Mayor, Councillor Bronnie Hattam said the east pitch, which was installed in 1998, was expected to last eight to ten years and has doubled its life and now needs to be replaced. 

"The pitch has been repaired several times by the Club to extend its life for as long as possible but it has now reached the end and needs to be replaced. 

"Thankfully, the Bendigo Bank has provided an in principle agreement to provide a loan of $500,000 to the Club to replace the east hockey pitch, subject to Council acting as guarantor for the loan. 

“This important local club, which is one of the few regional recreation facilities in Nillumbik, proposes to repay the loan over 15 years. 

"We are pleased to support this much-loved facility to ensure that the Club is able to continue delivering training and competition opportunities for members, and host events on behalf of Hockey Victoria," said Mayor Hattam. 

The Greensborough Hockey Club is one of the largest in Victoria and has enjoyed sustained success over decades producing many national and international players including several current and past Olympians.

Since 2006, the Club has won five Women’s Premier League titles and five Men’s Premier League titles and is recognised as one of the most successful hockey clubs in Victoria.