The Turf Project  

Watch the video:  Let’s Bring Hockey Home

As a growing club of enthusiastic players and parents, we need a training space in Margaret River within easy walking distance from the schools, in order for the club to grow.

The committee has been working hard behind the scenes and will continue to do so on this quest.

There are plenty of milestones to achieve, but already we have progress.

Updates will appear here on our website and on our Facebook Page.

If you are keen to help, either with an idea for fundraising, or you have an eye for detail with grant applications we would love to hear from you.

Contact Max Williams for more details and become part of the driving force moving this project forward.

Monthly Progress:

May 2019

The club had a team of volunteers at the Margaret River Ultra Marathon event, as well as the Margaret River Farmers Market (breakfast bar) and the Lions Shed Sale (Sausage Sizzles). Fundraising at our local events is vital. We raise the profile of the club and also valuable funds at these events. It can also be fun and very rewarding.

We also presented to  the Cowaramup Lions Club and the Margaret River Rotary Club and we have just been told that we were successful with our application from the Margaret River Rotary Club, they will donate $50,000!  Thank you so much for that support.

April 2019

April saw the start of the hockey season. All 8 teams are up and running.  We had volunteers at the Dunsborough XAdventure race and  ran sausage sizzles at the Margaret River Lions shed as club fundraisers.

We continue to apply for grants with Bendigo Bank and the Margaret River Rotary Club.

March 2019

As support grew we produced another video to share our progress with potential donors, and to support grant application requests.  We also presented our plans for a training turf to AMR Shire Council.  The following video was part of our presentation.

Watch the video:  Margaret River Hockey Club needs your help!

You will see in the video the drone footage taken by Susie Reynolds taken on a scorching  31 degree day.  It also includes a range of community supporters, including contacts from local sporting clubs, and all 9 local schools as well as community members and club supporters.  We would like to thank you all for your generous time and enthusiastic support for this project!  

We also received confirmation from the Lions of Leeuwin (Augusta) who will also support this project.  We look forward to receiving their donation of  $10,000, and thank them sincerely.

We also met with Nola Marino, MP and explained our project.  She has been extremely supportive and gave us loads of ideas to further our options with grant funding and other avenues to raise awareness and funding for our turf project.

We also attended our first Inclusion Solutions workshop, which opened the doors to how we can improve our club, and be more inclusive to players, members and the community in general. We look forward to learning more!

February 2019

We received our Soil survey and Geotech report from Margaret River Structural Engineering and promptly passed it over to Calibre Consulting who have now produced a concept plan.    Work has begun on looking at estimating the build costs in order to present them to the Shire for discussion.

We have also visited all the schools in the area as this will very much be a community project.  We were keen to get the opinions of the schools and sporting clubs.  We received unanimous support for a multi-purpose facility like this in town.

January 2019

The summer holidays have given us time to plan the next stage of this epic project.  We have presented to the Lions of Leeuwin (in Augusta) for potential support and funding.  We have reached out to Aran Zalewski, Co-Captain of the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, whilst he was training in Perth.  We interviewed him about growing up in Margaret River, his plans for 2019 and his thoughts about the need for a turf in Margaret River.  What an amazing local legend and Ambassador for MRHC he is.

We also shared with the community our need for help in making another club promotional video.  We realised that we need to spread the word about our new potential hockey turf training site.  Thanks to Susie Reynolds (who was on holiday here in the South West) we borrowed her drone, and some enthusiastic players, parents and grandparents, we had a fun morning creating some active shots on the proposed turf space.  (More details to follow soon.)

We also took advice from Calibre and Margaret River Structural Engineering and with the help our friends at   Trade Hire, we were well on our way to testing the ground that will one day be our turf. Thanks also to our supportive sponsors at Yahava for our coffee break refreshments!

December 2018

 The next step is our detailed concept plan. We are currently exploring options for businesses to engage in this crucial step. Once we have this, we can then show it to potential investors/sponsors to secure and organise the rest of our bulk fundraising.

November 2018

At the 14 November Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes (Page 91) reviewed the minutes from the 17 October SRAC meeting. They note that  “the Sports and Recreation Advisory Committees’ in principle supports for the crushed limestone area next to the Margaret River Bowling Club to be utilised for the future development of a hockey training facility”.

There has (as usual) been a lot of action behind the scenes and we are very pleased to announce we have received confirmation that the Margaret River Lions will pledge $20,000 to our training turf project! This, along with some very positive indications from Augusta organisations (which we hope to be able to announce in the New Year), means that we are well on our way towards our fundraising target of $100,000. It is worthy to note that the Lions came on board because of  our “Above The Line” programme. Thank you to the Lions Club of Margaret River, for believing in the project and being our first major supporter.

We have met with Troy Jones from the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries (DLGSCI).  He was enthusiastic after watching our video and will advise us on the necessary grant applications in 2019.

 We have engaged in exploring our earth moving options at the site and have spoken to some local earth movers we hope to be able to engage for the project. Using local businesses will be one of our major aims.

 A great relationship has been formed with the Bowls club, with talks of our neighbours offering special membership deals and use of their facilities. We look forward to seeing this progress!

 We are continuing to work well with Dylan Brown and Seb Miller at the AMR Shire. This critical relationship sees us continuing to move forward and also helps with challenges we will need to overcome along the way.

October 2018:

Presented video and discussed the hockey club proposal the 17 October SRAC (Sport & Recreation Advisory Committee).  Agreement gained by all clubs to support a hockey training space next to the Bowling green on the crushed limestone area.  The Shire would prepare a survey of the area.

September 2018:

We discussed the new proposed area on Gloucester Park with Dylan Brown / Seb Miller (Shire Recreation Centre).  Also produced and presented a 3 minute promotional video to Margaret River Lions Club, with the intention of gaining support and a possible donation to our project.