Scheme gives back­ing for sports projects

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

As the drums for an astro turf in Porirua beat louder, the ratepayer-funded scheme to sup­port sports projects and groups re­ceived a boost this month.

The Shared Re­spon­si­bil­ity Scheme ( SRS), which the coun­cil first adopted in 1991, pro­vides fund­ing for cap­i­tal projects put for­ward by com­mu­nity groups on coun­cil land. The $1.6 mil­lion hockey turf at Els­don and Ngati­toa Do­main cricket cen­tre are two such ven­tures, with the coun­cil and the scheme part­ner each con­tribut­ing 25 per cent, and the bal­ance com­ing from an in­ter­est-free loan, re­paid by the scheme part­ner over 15 years.

Be­fore the coun­cil is an SRS ap­pli­ca­tion for a $1.85m syn­thetic sur­face at As­cot Park, sub­mit­ted by Porirua Vik­ings league club and Western Sub­urbs foot­ball un­der the Porirua Syn­thetic Sports­field Com­mu­nity Trust ban­ner. They hope to get a de­ci­sion from PCC be­fore Fe­bru­ary, when the clubs ap­ply to Lotteries for a grant.

It is also un­der­stood other ap­pli­cants to the SRS will be the con­sor­tium look­ing to build a mul­ti­pur­pose venue at Ngati­toa Do­main, a group want­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial ath­let­ics track, and Mana Archery for an in­door range.

As part of a re­view of SRS, the coun­cil has agreed to in­crease its an­nual fund­ing to $150,000. At the De­cem­ber 8 meet­ing, Bernie Wood from the Vik­ings and Peter Gille­spie from Wests said PCC’S help was es­sen­tial as they sought Lotteries’ fund­ing.

Coun­cil­lors were sup­port­ive of an in­crease to the SRS fund­ing, and the pub­lic would be able to weigh in dur­ing next year’s long term plan­ning process. Mayor Nick Leggett said it was an op­por­tu­nity to be fru­gal, but dou­bling the SRS pool was a good idea. Deputy mayor Liz Kelly said the new ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Wake­field Park was used for 800 hours in July and Au­gust this year, while it was utilised for just 130 hours over five months in 2010.

The coun­cil’s Leisure As­set Man­age­ment Plan rec­om­mends PCC in­vest in two ar­ti­fi­cial turfs in 2013/ 14 and 2015/16, at a to­tal cost of $3.6 mil­lion.

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