Re­cre­ation Cen­tre ‘a sig­nif­i­cant cost’

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT -

this and on what ba­sis?

My in­ter­est in this sub­ject was sparked by the mayor’s clear state­ment to me that Bal­clutha is pay­ing 70 per cent of the Cross loan re­pay­ment. ( Abridged)

Stu­art Bay­ford - Mil­ton

Clutha Dis­trict Mayor Bryan Cado­gan replies:

I think the en­tire dis­trict can see that Bal­clutha has had the lion’s share of com­mu­nity projects in the last 10 years, but af­ter a gen­er­a­tion of in­er­tia, it’s des­per­ately needed.

One of the main hopes from the Our Place Com­mu­nity Plans was to re­dress this im­bal­ance by fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­tion in each com­mu­nity, lis­ten­ing to and work­ing with pos­i­tive peo­ple to de­velop their as­pi­ra­tions for the towns they love.

As a dis­trict we need more co­he­sion and greater re­al­i­sa­tion that if one town such as Mil­ton be­comes more vibrant and en­cour­ages growth, it’s ben­e­fi­cial to all the dis­trict; it’s about col­lec­tively up­ping our game.

I ap­pre­ci­ate there is a ner­vous­ness around costs but do­ing noth­ing, and liv­ing in the past, costs – it costs our school rolls, our com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer groups. It cre­ates empty shops and fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties. That’s not coun­cil’s vi­sion for our fu­ture and af­ter the al­most 2000 feed­back com­ments from so many peo­ple in Mil­ton, thank­fully it’s not what they see for their fu­ture either.

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Cross Re­cre­ation Cen­tre, Bal­clutha.

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