St Clair Public School


 Small gesture lands big smiles at St Clair Public School


Michael Korabelnikoff, Sue Burnett and Scot Rufferty with students at St Clair Public School. Photo: Melinda Jane

Special needs students at St Clair Public School have a brand new play area, thanks to the kindness and generosity of two turfing companies.

With a small budget, there wasn’t much hope to install a quality play area for the Kindergarten to Year 3 students – that was until Grassman and Scot’s Synthetic Surfaces stepped in.

“We just had this horrible patch of dirt and we wanted to make it an engaging space for the kids, because play is just so important for their language and social development,” Assistant Principal, Sue Burnett said.

“I was ringing around to get quotes, and then Michael from Grassman said because it wasn’t a huge space, they would donate the grass to us.”

Now, the small area has its own race track, driving circuit and runway for kids to play with their cars and planes.

“It’s a lovely space, the kids are really excited by it. It was such a nice surprise for them when they came back after the holidays,” Ms Burnett said.

“They’ve been having a ball, so we are really appreciative.”

Michael Korabelnikoff from Grassman said every year the company aims to donate to a range of community organisations, and this year it was St Clair Public School’s turn.

“The school was looking at a cost effective way to make the area usable – and there wasn’t much in the budget for a quality installation,” he said.

“Together with local company Scot’s Synthetic Surfaces we installed synthetic grass for the kids in an area that was full of weeds and unused – free of charge.”

A simple gesture, Mr Korabelnikoff said it didn’t take too long for he and Scot Rufferty, owner of distributor and installer Scot’s Synthetic Surfaces, to draw up a design for the kids.

During the school holidays, Mr Rufferty visited St Clair to lay the turf.

“We just wanted to give something back to the community,” Mr Rufferty said.





Written By Dale Drinkwater

West Connex Burwood

As reported in Burwood Scene

February 7, 2016 | Filed under2016,Feature Slider,Sports | Posted by Editor

As part of the WestConnex M4 East tunnel project, the Briars Hockey Club and NSW Hockey have benefitted from a $5million world-class facility at St Luke’s Park in Concord.


1988 Hockey Olympic gold medalist Lee Capes and Briars coach James Fordham oversee young ‘Minky’ hockey players at St Luke’s Park

Lee Capes, the 1988 Olympic Gold medallist and Briars first grade women’s coach couldn’t be happier.

“The new field is international standard, aesthetically pleasing and couldn’t be in better position,” Ms Capes said at the official opening on Sunday, February 7.

“This is one thousand times better than what we had and the quality of what you would see in Holland or Germany. The previous facility was fifteen years old and out of date. We’ve been blessed to get this.”

Briars club founder and Patron John Price was one of the movers and shaker behind the scenes to deliver such an outstanding result.

“If we fought WestConnex – we’d lose, so we worked with them for a world-class venue,” Mr Price explained.
“WestConnex came to us regarding suitable work sites and Cintra Park was the most suitable. They were willing to provide a like for like venue,” Mr Price explained.

“This field re-secures our future and will be a breeding ground for more Hockeyroos. That’s what we are here for.”

“It will improve hockey in the City of Canada Bay and will make Briars bigger and stronger,” he added.

At approximately $5 million the new St Luke’s Park hockey field is a technological masterpiece with beautiful tree-backed surroundings, state-of-the-art amenities and parking.

Laid with synthetic turf by Australian company ‘Grassman’ at a cost of $350,000, the field also boasts sustainable LED lighting, which saves up to 60 per cent on power and sprinklers – which can be controlled by an app from anywhere in the world.


The new Briars hockey pitch at St Luke’s Park in Concord.

Grassman owner and former US NFL player Colin Scotts has installed many hockey fields but this is his best so far.

“This is the new generation of synthetic grass and the only turf in the world with an authentic ball bounce close to real grass,” Mr Scotts said.

Briars Hockey President Emma Ratcliffe says the future is bright.

“Juniors being able to play on an international quality field is so nourishing for the their future. This field would have to be rated as the number one pitch in Sydney. It has low bounce, nice trees and great lights. The turf is amazing and we are looking to the future,” she said.


6-year-old Ashton Fordham is keen to get onto the pitch.

One of the club’s success stories is Kaitlin Nobbs, who was named Burwood Council’s 2016 Sportsperson of the Year and is the younger daughter of Lee Capes and Michael Nobbs.

After completing her HSC at PLC Sydney last year, Kaitlin has recently taken up a Hockey Australia scholarship in Perth to join the Hockeyroos squad and pursue a university degree in nursing.

The upgraded site was inspected by the Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy and NSW Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti as the venue was handed over to Canada Bay Council and Briars Hockey Club.

Mr Laundy said the new field had been built to accommodate a midway tunnelling point for the M4 East at Cintra Park, as part of WestConnex, where the club was previously located.


Federal MP Craig Laundy, Olympic Gold medalist Lee Capes, ‘Grassman’ owner Colin Scotts and State MP John Sidoti at the official opening on February 7.

“This is a great outcome for the community, with the new hockey field accompanied by an amenities building, terraced spectator seating, lighting towers, two viewing mounds, new car parking and disabled access,” Mr Laundy said.

Mr Sidoti said selecting Cintra Park for tunnelling work would provide direct access to Parrarmatta Road to reduce impact on local roads.

“We’re not only providing new sporting facilities but the tunnelling site also limits impacts on residential properties and nearby areas during M4 East construction,” Mr Sidoti said.

Work will now continue on completing phase two of the work, which involves realigning and relevelling the rugby playing fields. The hockey field handover now allows preliminary work to take place at Cintra Park ahead of major construction which, subject to planning approval, is due to get underway later this year on the M4 East twin three-lane tunnels, scheduled to open to traffic in 2019.

To find out more about Briars Hockey club and how to join see

By Belinda Noonan


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