A Hockey Field in Melbourne’s City of Darebin has undertaken a significant restoration, as part of Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.
The KP Hardiman Hockey Field, home to La Trobe University Hockey Club, has used 98 per cent reclaimed tyres for the shock pad layer under the field along with additional recycled components.
The hockey field also consists of a recycled brick and concrete layer, recycled glass bedding in trenches, pathways around the field made from recycled soft plastic, as well as bench seating made from recycled hard plastics.
The previous shock pads and synthetic grass have been reused at local schools and golf courses to divert the waste from landfill.
City of Darebin Mayor, Councillor Lina Messina proudly explained that “the project would become a case study for what could be achieved when the circular economy was prioritised in demolition and construction work.”
“We hope this project will become an inspiration for individuals, businesses and organisations across Victoria to take up the use of recycled materials and these exciting new technologies. Recycled materials are no longer a novelty. Their use will and must become a priority for how we design and build for our future,” she said.
Messina added that the success of the project has significantly improved confidence in using higher percentages of recycled products in infrastructure projects.
The Victorian Government has invested $500,000 in the KP Hardiman Hockey Field redevelopment through the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund. This is a total of $799,580 in Victorian Government funding for the $2.8 million redevelopment.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s ground-breaking $380 million Recycling Victoria: A new economy plan that is transforming Victoria’s waste and recycling sector and building its circular economy.