Clos­ing in on tar­get

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre has se­cured $750,000 from an­other large fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

South Waikato District Coun­cil has con­firmed that the New Zealand Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion will give that amount to­wards the South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre.

‘‘It is awe­some to see large fun­ders sup­port­ing this pro­ject. So far we have re­ceived the full amounts for our three ap­pli­ca­tions to large fun­ders. This is such a tremen­dous re­sponse and we are very thrilled that these or­gan­i­sa­tions can see the po­ten­tial in what we are try­ing to achieve,’’ South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair said.

‘‘This lat­est grant brings us that much closer to reach­ing our 90 per cent fund­ing tar­get to start con­struc­tion,’’ South Waikato District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, David Hall said.

‘‘It is now crunch time and the coun­cil still has a fair way to go in the next few weeks. We’re in the last 100 me­tres, we can al­most see the fin­ish line,’’ Mr Sin­clair said. ‘‘ We are re­ally count­ing on some fur­ther fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to achieve the to­tal fund­ing mile­stone.

‘‘The coun­cil is still work­ing pos­i­tively with a num­ber of other or­gan­i­sa­tions to at­tract fur­ther fund­ing. We have also re­ceived a great deal of sup­port from com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions like the South Waikato Sport and Leisure Board as it has sent ap­plied to Pub Char­ity to help fund scoreboards, white­boards, net­ball and bas­ket­ball fix­tures and some other ex­tras,’’ he said.

The coun­cil has now se­cured more than $ 1,500,000 from ex­ter­nal fun­ders for the cen­tre.

The coun­cil has re­ceived the build­ing con­sent and is work­ing through this process with the pro­ject man­ager. Build­ing is ex­pected to start late Septem­ber 2011 and be com­plete by Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber 2012.

The coun­cil will be de­vel­op­ing a link on its web­site so the com­mu­nity can ac­cess up­dates.

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