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.

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