Council mulls over sports facility fund
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.