Trust gets $40k for turf facility
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.
Cromwell College students who took part in an app-design competition.