Keith Hunt Park in Labrador has been identified as the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games hockey competition venue and is undergoing significant redevelopment in preparation for the event. This site is home to both the Gold Coast Hockey Association (GCHA) and Labrador Hockey Club (LHC) with both organisations each previously holding a lease over a clubhouse and artificial turf hockey field with City of Gold Coast (CGC).
Over the past two years, City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast Hockey Association, Labrador Hockey Club and Hockey Queensland have been engaged in numerous meetings and discussions to identify what implications the redevelopment will pose on both GCHA and LHC and what solutions/model of operation could best be implemented to maximise the opportunities the redevelopment will create. It has always been acknowledged that the redevelopment will require both GCHA and LHC to make changes to the way they have currently been operating.
While it is acknowledged that the redevelopment of the site presents an opportunity for the sport of hockey in the city of Gold Coast and all associated stakeholders, in order to maximise the sustainability of the sport it was determined a new facility management entity - Gold Coast Hockey Management Group (GCHMG) would be established to manage the facility with GCHA, LHC and all other hockey clubs / associations liaising with the new entity in relation to their use of the site.
After consulting with all stakeholders, the GCHMG became an Incorporated Association in November 2015. GCHMG is a not-for-profit entity with its main purpose being to manage the Gold Coast Hockey precinct. It is important to note that Hockey Queensland’s role on the GCHMG is to facilitate the development of a functional, sustainable operating model with the members of the GCHMG. The future of the GCHMG remains with the Gold Coast hockey community and as such, Hockey Queensland will be removing its representation from the GCHMG post the Commonwealth Games.
What does the GCHMG do?
GCHMG will manage the new Gold Coast Hockey Precinct including:
GCHA will continue to manage the competition and competition draw. Under the Turf Utilization Agreement with GCHMG, GCHA will coordinate the training times for all the clubs (except LHC) and will forward proposed training times to GCHMG to complete the booking. The running of the competition remains the responsibility of GCHA as per normal.
GCHMG will have the role and function to ensure that everything you need from a facilities point of view is available and working when you turn up for competition or training, Gates are open, Toilets are open and clean, turf watered correctly, lights are on when needed, score board turned on and working, Canteen and bar are open when required.
We are looking at Practical Completion date at this stage of the 31st March 2017