Projects need fund­ing help

Cambridge Edition - - CONVERSATIONS - MIKE BAIN

More than 40 com­mu­nity projects have been put for­ward for po­ten­tial in­clu­sion and fund­ing in Waipa District Coun­cil’s 10-year plan.

Coun­cil called on com­mu­nity groups to for­mally sub­mit any pro­pos­als they wanted funded over the next decade.

The coun­cil’s strate­gic projects team leader Co­nan Mag­ill said ideas had come in from a range of groups in­clud­ing sports clubs, vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ta­ble trusts.

‘‘There are sev­eral re­quests to up­grade sports fa­cil­i­ties as well as some road im­prove­ments,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had pro­pos­als to sup­port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, cy­cle­ways and walk­ways and ini­tia­tives for art and his­tory en­thu­si­asts.

‘‘There have also been a cou­ple of projects around com­mu­nity safety and so­cial ser­vices.’’

Mag­ill said coun­cil­lors would con­sider all pro­pos­als against other fund­ing pri­or­i­ties.

Work is un­der­way putting to­gether the draft 10-year plan which guides spend­ing and in­vest­ment pri­or­i­ties over the next decade.

Coun­cil has sig­nalled it would spend an ex­tra $100 mil­lion on wa­ter, waste­water and stormwa­ter ser­vices.

One of the ma­jor projects pro­posed in the 10-year plan was the idea of de­vel­op­ing a ‘‘dis­cov­ery cen­tre’’ in for the district in Te Awa­mutu.

The idea was raised at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing but Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest said the pro­posal must stack up against other projects.

A dis­cov­ery cen­tre could bring to­gether Te Awa­mutu’s mu­seum and i-Site ser­vices un­der one roof.

There were no de­tails on how much it would cost or whether all ratepay­ers, in­clud­ing those in Cam­bridge, would have to con­trib­ute to the project.

No av­enues of fund­ing had been iden­ti­fied yet.

Any for­mal pro­posal, in­clud­ing costs, would have to be in­cluded in the coun­cil’s 10 year plan.

In­de­pen­dent re­search iden­ti­fied a ‘‘clear mar­ket’’ for a dis­cov­ery cen­tre pro­mot­ing the district’s unique char­ac­ter and iden­tity.

Fi­nal de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing what is and isn’t in­cluded in the 10-year plan, will be made by elected coun­cil­lors in mid-2018.

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