National hockey tournaments could be hosted in Central Otago
if another hockey turf was developed in the district, the
Vincent Community Board was told this week.
The board heard from a group of 18 people, the Molyneux Turf
Committee, which wanted to develop a hockey turf in
The group responded when the board sought alternative uses
for the ice rink site after the Ice Inline complex relocates
next to the Molyneux Aquatic Centre.
The plan is for waste heat from the production of ice at the
rink to be used to heat the pool.
Central Otago District Council property and facilities
officer Tara Bates recommended the hockey proposal be the
''preferred option'' for the site, and the board agreed.
The project was estimated to cost from $900,000 to $1.3
The proponents of the new turf said if it was built, to
complement the existing one at Cromwell, the district would
be able to host national tournaments, as at least two fields
were needed within half an hour's drive.
The existing lights, fencing and building on site would be
included in the project and the site was an ideal location
for hockey training camps, with the pool, indoor and outdoor
training areas available to use.
The Central Otago Hockey Association wrote a letter in
support of the proposal.
''We believe it is vital that Central Otago Hockey
Association and the hockey communities it represents continue
to support the development of players and the introduction of
playing surfaces and amenities that keep pace with the
specifications of the modern game,'' association president
Stephen Shaw said.
Board member Barrie Wills said although only one expression
of interest in the site was received, it was pleasing the
hockey group had come forward, and other groups might be able
to use the buildings on the site.
The next stage for the committee was to do a feasibility