Turn Barra Brui into a contemporary synthetic playing field for the local community.

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We, the undersigned, support Ku-ring-gai Council’s proposal to build a contemporary all-weather playing surface at Barra Brui, St Ives.

This is a unique opportunity to transform a neglected and under-utilised field into an all-weather facility, together with fully upgraded amenities and female friendly change rooms.

Whilst the development is aimed at benefiting the sport of hockey by facilitating the local clubs and the school students on the upper north shore, it is also committed to providing a facility that is accessible to the greater community. Currently, the only hockey venue is a sand based turf at Ku-ring-gai High School. This turf is coming to the end of its life and is facing the imminent threat of closure. When this happens there will be no publicly available artificial hockey field in Ku-ring-gai.

The proposal includes a modern all-weather synthetic turf field with contemporary LED lighting that will be used predominantly for winter hockey. This field will have the capacity to be reconfigured as a multi-sports venue to include soccer, futsal, cricket, touch football, basketball, frisbee as well as to cater for general fitness activities. The facilities will be widely available to various sporting groups, local schools and the broader community. A new perimeter pathway with exercise stations is part of the proposal and a new dog park has been proposed at Bryce Oval (approx 1.5km from Barra Brui Oval).

Hockey is predominantly a female sport. We need to provide local facilities to keep teenagers actively playing sport; many teenage girls drop out of playing hockey in our area due to the enormous travel burden to Moorebank, Bankstown, Homebush and Concord.

Environmentally, only the area required for the playing surface will be converted to a synthetic field. The type of pitch being installed will not require rubber or cork infill therefore there will be no risk of runoff into Middle Harbour and will provide minimal heat amplification. Further, landscaping to surrounding areas will minimise impacts on adjoining vegetation. Synthetic surfaces are easier to maintain, do not require harsh chemicals to clean, do not need fertilizer or pesticides, are safer for athletes and can withstand more intensive usage than natural grass. Natural grass suffers significantly in periods of wet weather (forcing ground closures) or drought causing barren, dry fields and the need for regeneration which is currently evident at Barra Brui Oval. 

Grass fields are now dominated by Football, Rugby and AFL in the winter season. In the Ku-ring-gai LGA there are approximately 56 council managed sportsgrounds. Whilst hockey historically used many grass fields, today the main Winter sports use comprises - Soccer 36, Rugby 11, Baseball 4, Softball 2, AFL 2, Athletics 1, Hockey 0. It is our turn!

Barra Brui is the breakthrough hockey desperately needs to survive on the North Shore. Let’s support Council to make it happen.