Sports club gets needed boost
A rescue package for the Bay Roskill Sports Club has ended a long-running dispute over problems caused by poor drainage.
Auckland City Council has granted the club $50,000 and approved a $48,000 community loan.
The agreement was reached after negotiations over who was responsible for drainage problems which damaged the foundations of their clubrooms.
The club believed the damage was worsened by a cesspit connected to their property by the council in 1990, draining water from sports fields on neighbouring Blockhouse Bay Reserve.
While the council didn’t accept responsibility for the problem, club secretary Mike Smith says he is pleased they can finally focus on the future.
“It’s just a matter of shake hands and put the matter to bed so we can start a new relationship.”
The money covers a $100,000 bank overdraft the club took out to pay for foundation repair and a new drainage system.
Mr Smith says it would have been dif- ficult to pay off the overdraft without the council loan because of minimal income from other sources.
Bay Roskill also spent a $300,000 grant from the Portage Licensing Trust to rectify the building’s foundation and drainage issues.
The facilities are used for rugby league, American football, martial arts and a form of noncontact rugby called kiwitag, because Mr Smith says it’s not realistic to base the club around one sport.
But to extend its use to non-sporting activities, the interior of the building needs a major upgrade.
“Eventually we want to see the place used seven days a week for all sorts of community groups.
“Now we have done all the underground work, we want to totally gut the inside and redo it.”
He says everything from the kitchen joinery to toilets need replacing.
The club are currently applying to several funding bodies to finance the upgrade.
Community services committee chairman Paul Goldsmith says the loan was approved because the survival of clubs like Bay Roskill is important to the local community.
“We saw this as the best deal for the council, ratepayers and members of the club.”