‘We need this now’ – Dow

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Mr Wood told coun­cil­lors he was con­fi­dent Wests would sup­ply funds to­wards the project, but in any case the coun­cil had never re­quired the clubs’ com­bined $100,000 to be avail­able now. It was not re­quired un­til the project be­gan in a year’s time, he said.

By charg­ing by the hour for clubs to use the turf, the project would turn over $ 100,000 a year, which would be spent main­tain­ing the field, Mr Wood said.

Coun­cil­lors Sue Dow, Denys Latham, Robert Rangi, Tim Shep­pard, Wayne Poutoa, Liz Kelly and Bron­wyn Kropp voted to se­cure coun­cil fund­ing for the field, a vote count of seven to six.

‘‘We need this now. We have no other pro­pos­als for all-weather sur­faces be­fore us at the mo­ment, so we must judge this on its own merit,’’ Ms Dow said. ‘‘They’re bring­ing dol­lars into the city that aren’t ratepay­ers’ dol­lars. I think shar­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity is a win-win. If all else fails and the project goes belly up, the city in­her­its the as­sets.’’

Ms Kelly agreed the project was noth­ing but pos­i­tive for the coun­cil.

‘‘We’ve got a cham­pion who is do­ing work for us for no cost. If they don’t get the money they need, it won’t hap­pen, at no risk for us.’’

Mr Latham re­minded coun­cil­lors the ma­jor­ity of the $600,000 was a loan to PSSFT, only $197,000 be­ing a grant.

‘‘If I could make a $197,000 in­vest­ment and get a $1.8 mil­lion as­set, I’d be over the moon,’’ he said.

A ‘‘sun­set clause’’ was added so that if PSSFT hasn’t started con­struc­tion in a year’s time, coun­cil’s fund­ing will be made avail­able to other com­mu­nity groups.

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