The official opening of the Tweed’s second international-standard hockey pitch, planned for Saturday April 21 at Murwillumbah’s Barrie Smith Fields, has been postponed due to recent wet weather.
Although the official ceremony has been put on hold until a future date, the announced arrival of a travelling banner supporting the Australian Olympic team will still take place.
Tweed Mayor Barry Longland said it was disappointing the celebration had to be postponed but the state of the areas bordering the new field was far from ideal for public use.
‘I look forward to attending the official celebrations once conditions have improved’, Councillor Longland said.
Tweed Border Hockey Association president Julie Williams said although the new hybrid-style pitch itself was playable, the areas bordering the field were too muddy and did not provide safe access to invited guests, club members and the public.
Ms Williams said a new date would be announced soon.
Saturday’s scheduled games will take place whatever the weather conditions as the new hybrid-style turf allows for games to take place in the wet.
Other advantages of the new surface are that the hybrid pitch doesn’t require wetting down like traditional synthetic pitches, is more water sustainable and requires less infrastructure and drainage.