Turf trust meets con­di­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

With fund­ing and city coun­cil sup­port se­cured, work on the As­cot Park ar­ti­fi­cial sports turf is about to start.

Porirua City Coun­cil was up­dated on the project dur­ing a closed ses­sion last week.

Mayor Nick Leggett said the coun­cil was sat­is­fied Porirua Syn­thetic Sports­field Com­mu­nity Trust had met con­di­tions re­quired through its shared re­spon­si­bil­ity part­ner­ship with the coun­cil.

Work on the es­ti­mated $1.6 mil­lion fa­cil­ity would get un­der way soon.

‘‘There were some con­cerns ex­pressed around the [coun­cil] ta­ble but as far as I’m con­cerned it’s full steam ahead.’’

Trust spokesman and Porirua Vik­ings Rugby League Club pres­i­dent Bernie Wood said the funds had been raised in good time; geotech­ni­cal work and de­signs were com­plete, and a ten­der for the work had been let.

Ini­tial es­ti­mates priced the project at $ 1.9m but the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the ten­der­ing process brought the price down, he said.

‘‘We’re very happy with where we are; we’ve ac­tu­ally got more money than we needed and there are still more [fund­ing] ap­pli­ca­tions to be pro­cessed,’’ he said.

‘‘We want this turf to be the envy of oth­ers and a fa­cil­ity that not just the Vik­ings and West­ern Sub­urbs use but some­thing for the whole city.’’

A nam­ing spon­sor for the turf is still be­ing sought.

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