Coun­cil mulls over sports fa­cil­ity fund

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

It’s a wait­ing game for the back­ers of a multi-use sports fa­cil­ity at Ngati­toa Do­main, with Porirua City Coun­cil and Lot­ter­ies to de­cide soon whether to help fund a fea­si­bil­ity study.

Kapi-Mana News re­ported in May that Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton Rugby Foot­ball Club were the driv­ers of the pro­posal. A lo­cal creche, bowl­ing, net­ball and soft­ball clubs, waka ama groups and Welling­ton Cricket have voiced their sup­port for a com­plex that could be used by sports peo­ple, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal res­i­dents.

A bar, meet­ing rooms, stor­age ar­eas, chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a cafe have been mooted.

Pro­ject man­ager Gavin Still and or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Mike Lovett made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Porirua City coun­cil­lors on June 16, ask­ing for $ 20,000 to­wards the es­ti­mated $ 60,000 study, which would scope out size, lo­ca­tion, fi­nance op­tions and even the way the do­main it­self is con­fig­ured.

‘‘We would love Porirua City Coun­cil to make a con­tri­bu­tion, as the landown­ers, to re­ally help us see if this will work,’’ Mr Lovett told coun­cil­lors. ‘‘There are no de­signs we can show you, but there is a com­mit­ment from a num­ber of groups and vol­un­teers in our com­mu­nity to re­ally look at this idea.’’

They also out­lined the ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing’’ that the par­ties in­volved would sup­ply, with the pos­si­ble sale of as­sets from the bowl­ing and rugby clubs, money held in re­serve and ex­pected fundrais­ing of more than $2 mil­lion.

Ide­ally they want the study to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber, with Lot­ter­ies to de­cide be­fore the end of July if they will fund $40,000 to­wards it. Con­struc­tion could be­gin be­fore win­ter next year.

Deputy mayor Liz Kelly called the pro­posal ‘‘ex­cit­ing and am­bi­tious’’ but wanted to know what hap­pens if the Lot­ter­ies fund­ing does not even­tu­ate. Mr Lovett replied that while Lot­ter­ies was ‘‘Plan A’’, grants and trusts were an­other po­ten­tial source. The $20,000 from PCC could be in kind or put to­wards con­sul­tants fees and en­gi­neer­ing re­ports, Mr Still said. City Ser­vices Com­mit­tee deputy chair­man Wayne Poutoa said a re­port would be pre­pared for a fu­ture com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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