Board responds to can­celled event

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

Lo­cal lead­ers have re­sponded to crit­i­cism over the can­cel­la­tion of the an­nual Pa­pakura fire­works dis­play.

The Pa­pakura Li­ons Club, which or­gan­ises the event, have slammed the lo­cal board for not al­lo­cat­ing its usual $27,000 fund­ing for the fire­works at Massey Park.

Li­ons spokesman and event or­gan­iser Chris Lynch says he is ‘‘both sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed’’ with the lo­cal board’s ac­tions. He says there was no com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the board and the Li­ons have not been told why fund­ing hasn’t been al­lo­cated.

How­ever, board chair­man Brent Catch­pole says coun­cil staff worked with the Li­ons and ‘‘in­di­cated that the lo­cal board was not in favour of the event be­ing held at Massey Park’’. This was due to the ‘‘po­ten­tial im­pact the event could have’’ on the re­cently up­graded fields.

‘‘The Li­ons were of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to or­gan­ise an­other event with a town cen­tre fo­cus but ad­vised they had no in­ter­est in that op­tion,’’ he says. Catch­pole says it’s a ‘‘shame’’ an agree­ment could not be made ‘‘as a lot of the feed­back we got through the con­sul­ta­tion phase of our draft lo­cal board plan was ask­ing for more ac­tiv­ity in the town cen­tre’’.

A final de­ci­sion on the fire­works fund­ing will be made at this month’s lo­cal board meet­ing.

NIGEL MOFFIET

Pa­pakura Lo­cal Board chair­man Brent Catch­pole says the fire­works event could not be held at Massey Park due to re­cent up­grades.

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