Sports fa­cil­i­ties re­view

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Porirua sports­peo­ple and res­i­dents are be­ing asked for their opin­ion on a draft coun­cil pol­icy doc­u­ment on the fu­ture sports in­fra­struc­ture needs of the city.

‘‘Or­gan­ised and ca­sual sports are hugely ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple from com­mu­ni­ties right across our city,’’ said coun­cil­lor Denys Latham.

‘‘A re­flec­tion of the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing sports con­tin­ues to thrive here, is our Shared Re­spon­si­bil­ity Scheme which en­ables the coun­cil to part­ner with sports clubs to build and main­tain much-needed sports in­fra­struc­ture.’’

Due to the suc­cess of the scheme, he said the coun­cil was fre­quently ap­proached by sports groups ask­ing for coun­cil as­sis­tance to help meet in­fra­struc­ture needs.

In or­der to make sound judge­ments about city-wide leisure needs and sports fa­cil­ity de­mand, rather than ad-hoc ones, the coun­cil con­ducted its own re­search in 2010 and 2011.

Us­ing this re­search, com­bined with the feed­back from sports clubs, the Shared Re­spon­si­bil­ity Scheme – a fund­ing mech­a­nism – has been up­dated, and a Sports In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Pol­icy is be­ing de­vel­oped.

To help the coun­cil form this pol­icy, sports clubs are be­ing in­vited to put for­ward their views. The pol­icy aims to: Es­tab­lish a decision-mak­ing process to pri­ori­tise fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for sport in­fra­struc­ture pro­vi­sion through the Shared Re­spon­si­bil­ity Scheme or as part of coun­cil’s long term plan.

Pro­vide a strate­gic ba­sis and di­rec­tion for fu­ture sport in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment in Porirua.

Iden­tify and pri­ori­tise sport in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments where coun­cil might have a lead role.

The coun­cil wants to hear from all sport­ing clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions on their sports’ prospects for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and pos­si­ble in­fra­struc­ture projects in Porirua.

A meet­ing is be­ing held on Wed­nes­day, March 14, at which coun­cil staff will also check the PCC sports club data­base is up to date.

The meet­ing is in the Te Rau­paraha Arena meet­ing room from 6.30pm to 8pm.

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