Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Townsville Hockey Complex reopens after $1.7 million recovery works

Townsville Hockey Complex reopens after $1.7 million recovery works
June 21, 2019

Having been damaged during floods earlier this year, the Townsville Hockey Complex has reopened following the completion of $1.7 million in restoration works.

The reopening comes just four months after floodwaters destroyed playing fields and damaged facilities and comes just in time for the venue to host the Queensland School Sport Tournament and the Queensland under-18s Men’s State Championships.

Funded under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), the venues synthetic playing fields have been replaced, the manicured grass fields rejuvenated, and the fences, playing lights and irrigation system all repaired.

Advising that the repairs were jointly funded under the $20 million Community and Recreational Assets program, which was approved as an extraordinary recovery measure under the DRFA, Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the funding demonstrated the Commonwealth and Queensland governments’ commitment to supporting all facets of the region’s recovery.

Minister Littleproud stated “all levels of government have worked together to get these facilities up and running again to ensure the sporting complex will serve the Townsville community and surrounding region for years to come.”

Queensland Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke said the restoration of the Townsville Hockey Complex reflected the city’s strength and determination to recover from the significant impacts of this year’s flooding, advising “this weather event was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.

“While there is still a long way to go on our recovery journey, it’s great to see positive outcomes like this being delivered for our community.”

In addition to the $1.7 million restoration of the complex, the Queensland Government has also funded a new female amenities building in time for the state competitions, featuring change rooms, toilets, showers, and disabled and mothers facilities.

Minister O’Rourke added “we’ve invested $434,000 for these new facilities through our Sport and Recreation Female Facilities Program, which supports greater female participation in sport.”

Townsville Hockey Association President Annette Maidment said it was fantastic to have the repairs finished so quickly.

Maidment went on to state “I don’t think anyone can fully understand what it means to have these hockey fields hosting competitions again.

“The loss of the synthetic fields was a huge blow to the local hockey community, so to have them back is an enormous step forward after the devastation of the floods.

“Our fields are used by more than 900 club members, as well as schools, junior participation programs, remote Indigenous hockey programs and the entire community.

“The work done by our volunteers and our facility management team to coordinate the repairs and rebuild has been nothing short of amazing.

“It was important for us to get our facilities ready in time for these two championships.

“Not only to minimise disruption to players and families travelling from around the state, but to demonstrate to everyone that Townsville is on the path to recovery.”

Images courtesy of the Townsville Hockey Association.

Related Articles

18th April 2019 - Flood aftermath to delay North Queensland Stadium completion date

19th February 2019 - Fundraising campaign launched to support flood devastated North Queensland golf clubs

15th February 2019 - North Queensland Stadium site stands up to Townsville floods

12th March 2018 - Flooding hits Far North Queensland tourism

3rd August 2017 - Queensland sporting clubs get $15 million commitment for female facilities

28th June 2015 - Queensland Government to develop new $30 million home for netball in Brisbane

30th June 2014 - Hockey Queensland joins with Good Sports to promote healthy food and drink consumption

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues



Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology


WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks


Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


TouchCloud Global

Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Recreation / Safety / Tourism


TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues



Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business