Old grandstand finish for new group
The work to retain and restore the Golden Bay grandstand has been taken over by a newly formed entity.
The eight members of the Golden Bay Restoration Society are now working with the Tasman District Council (TDC) on the relocation and restoration of the historic building.
Members of the group include chair Noel Baigent, deputy chair Robin Manson, secretary Jane McDonald from Heritage Golden Bay, treasurer Gillian Cunningham, funding manager Chris Hill from Manawhenua ki Mohua, project manager Graeme Hughson, Duncan McKenzie from the A&P Association and Barry Cashman, also from Heritage Golden Bay.
Chair Noel Baigent said the restoration group recently reached a compromise with the council to shift the building 18 metres forward in front of the existing squash court.
‘‘This would allow the same viewing platform of the original site and retaining the 300 undercover seats for spectators of both sporting events and the annual A&P Show,’’ he said.
In November last year, the majority of councillors voted to confirm, as resolved twice previously, a decision to remove the grandstand from its spot at Golden Bay Recreation Park, on the outskirts of Takaka.
They agreed the barrel-vaulted roof and other materials may be made available to the trust or other interested party for salvage and reuse.
The grandstand was to be removed as part of the development of the new rec park centre with the space it occupies earmarked for car parks but debate has raged over whether the more than 100-year-old structure could remain.
Baigent said previous negotiations between council and the Golden Bay Grandstand Community Trust had failed to reach agreement to retain the grandstand in situ.
In early December, the new proposal to shift the grandstand forward was suggested by several members of the new restoration group to council CEO Lindsay McKenzie.
Baigent said a ‘‘constructive relationship’’ had been established. The footprint of the grandstand would be cleared to allow the building of car parks required.
‘‘The first step of the project is to uplift the upper level of the grandstand to a temporary site off council land,’’ he said. ‘‘Then prepare the new site for relocation, complete all consents required and construct a new lower level.’’
He said the A&P Association had supported the project by generously allowing the use of their land for storage.
The historic Golden Bay grandstand has a brighter future with a new restoration group.