Plan­ning for Hutt sportvilles

Kapi-Mana News - - FROM THE REGION -

De­tails of pro­posed sport­ing hubs in Wainuiomata and Pe­tone should be clearer early next year.

Hutt City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Matt Reid said coun­cil of­fi­cers were work­ing with one rep from each sport­ing group to present coun­cil­lors with con­crete pro­pos­als.

De­pend­ing on how coun­cil­lors re­spond, fund­ing would then be in­cluded in the Long Term Plan.

Reid would not crit­i­cise Pe­tone Sportsville but said a plan it un­veiled for a $15 mil­lion fa­cil­ity based on the Pe­tone Rec was un­re­al­is­tic.

‘‘For us as of­fi­cers, we have been very con­sis­tent that there is no way they could ex­pect $15m.’’

The coun­cil had al­ways made it clear that the $18m Fraser Park Sportsville was a re­gional fa­cil­ity and the first pri­or­ity.

Coun­cil­lors were never go­ing to agree to an­other project of that mag­ni­tude, he said.

The sit­u­a­tion in Wainuiomata is also com­plex.

In May, Wainuiomata Sportsville pre­sented city coun­cil­lors with a pro­posal for a $6.7m fa­cil­ity based on Fred­er­ick Wise Park, the home ground for rugby league.

But the bowl­ing club said it had no in­ten­tion of mov­ing. Rugby said it could see the need, but did not want to share fa­cil­i­ties with rugby league, who said the hub was cru­cial.

Reid un­der­stood why some clubs were re­luc­tant but said the re­al­ity was that with­out change clubs would col­lapse.

Clubs in Pe­tone and Wainuiomata have to un­der­stand that sports hubs are not about build­ing flash new clu­b­rooms.

The coun­cil wanted to pro­mote par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport but did not have tens of mil­lions to spend on clu­b­rooms, he said.

When coun­cil was asked to pro­vide fi­nan­cial back­ing, clubs would have to show a will­ing­ness to work to­gether.

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