Laws challenges new chair
Michael Laws’ presence at the Cromwell Community Board’s first official meeting since the election provided its new chairman with a first-up headache.
Laws was there advocating on behalf of local touch competition organiser the Cromwell Rugby Club for the competition to be fully funded by the Board instead of the club having to come up with $4800 for 20 weeks of field maintenance.
Club president Jason Clark said the club asked Laws to help with the bid.
‘‘We tried last year to do it [ask for free field use] ourselves and we were shot down so we asked him. He’s a community man.’’
Laws presented to the board just minutes after new chairman Neil Gillespie was unanimously appointed to the role.
‘‘Sport is a critical element of this community,’’ Laws told the board. ‘‘They provide a critical focal point for the community over the summer months.’’
Laws had done the numbers and told the board they were ‘‘a bit more flush’’ than they thought and could afford to scrap any field maintenance fees especially since 10 of the 24 teams in the senior competition were juniors and the council did not charge for junior sport.
Fields had to be marked and maintained regardless as a junior schools competition was played right before the senior competition.