Linking leases to engagement
Sports clubs should have their peppercorn rent increased unless they engage with young people, Porirua city councillor Ken Douglas said last week. He raised the issue when the council was reviewing the leases of Western Suburbs Soccer and Porirua Rowing clubs. The clubs pay $212 a year plus GST for their premises, which are subject to three-yearly reviews. Some Porirua sports clubs, not necessarily the two in question, did not engage with young people at all, Mr Douglas said. Both sports clubs’ leases were renewed.