New hockey building opened

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Cromwell’s new hockey amenities building was opened on Friday alongside a celebration to mark the upgrade of the Pioneer Energy Turf.

Central Otago Sports Turf Trust Chairman Michael Paardekooper said the complex was the home of hockey for Central Otago and Southern Lakes. Players travel regularly from throughout the region including from Queenstown, Wanaka, Ranfurly, Alexandra and Roxburgh.

“It has taken three years in the design, planning and fundraising for the new turf and building, and I am pleased to be able to say that we have now completed the project within the $1.8 million budget,” he said.

“I am also pleased to be able to say that the Pioneer Energy Turf as you see it today is completed and the Central Otago Sports Turf Trust is debt free.

“Raising this amount of money takes a big commitment from many people, trusts, businesses and organisations.”

Central Lakes Trust contributed almost half the cost of this facility, Mr Paardekooper said.

“A total of $870,000. The Central Lakes Trust is a true asset to the Central Otago region and without their support it would have been an impossible task to provide facilities like this.”