Trust gets $40k for turf fa­cil­ity

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

The end is in sight for the Cen­tral Otago Sports Turf Trust, which has man­aged to bridge a fund­ing short­fall for an ameni­ties build­ing at the new turf.

Trust chair­man Mike Paardekooper ap­pealed to the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board on Tuesday to con­trib­ute $40,000 for the ameni­ties build­ing at the Cromwell-based turf.

The Olympic-standard turf was fin­ished in Fe­bru­ary, but the ameni­ties build­ing was put on hold while the trust tried to raise more funds.

‘‘We are $130,000 short so thought it best to approach the three ma­jor fun­ders (The Otago Com­mu­nity Trust, Cen­tral Lakes Trust and Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil). We have had it con­firmed in writ­ing from the Otago Com­mu­nity Trust on the con­di­tion the other two fun­ders came up with $40,000 each. I un­der­stand we have got the nod from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust. The last brick in the wall prob­a­bly is this $40,000. I hate com­ing back to this but the only way we can do it is if we get it.’’

The Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board would have contributed a to­tal of $190,000 of the $1.9m fa­cil­ity with the last grant.

Board mem­ber Glen Chris­tiansen said with the project so close to com­ple­tion, the board should ‘‘not be the stum­bling block mov­ing it for­ward’’.

Board mem­ber Gor­don Ste­wart said after five years of ‘‘bat­tling away’’ the trust had cre­ated a fantastic fa­cil­ity.

‘‘You have got to sup­port this. We are go­ing to fin­ish up with a fantastic com­plex.’’

Coun­cil­lor Shirley Calvert said while she did not doubt the com­plex was ‘‘won­der­ful’’, she was concerned at the im­pact the grant would have on rates given the re­cent rates rise to Cromwell res­i­dents.

‘‘I am a lit­tle concerned - the com­mu­nity has just dis­cov­ered they have sig­nif­i­cant rates rises. We are cer­tainly get­ting a lot more feed­back than we had be­fore. I am just try­ing to think of another way we could get this money to you and won­dered about a loan.’’

The board had pre­vi­ously pro­vided loans to other sports clubs, she said.

Board chair­man and deputy mayor Neil Gille­spie said the funds could be drawn from the re­serves con­tri­bu­tion ac­count which would not im­pact on rates.

JO MCKENZIEMCLEAN

Cromwell Col­lege stu­dents who took part in an app-de­sign com­pe­ti­tion.

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