The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

Mayor Grant Smith, to­gether with the Chair­man of the Sport Manawatū Board, Nolan King, has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing to­wards build­ing a Sports House as part of the Sports Hub at Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena.

Mayor Smith be­lieves the of­fi­cial sign­ing recog­nises the need to en­sure Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena as the City’s premier sports hub for all to en­joy. “We are pleased to for­malise this con­tin­u­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Sport Manawatū and the City.”

The devel­op­ment of a fit for pur­pose Sports House has been a long-term vi­sion for the Board of Sport Manawatū and CEO Trevor Shailer says the new House “will cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity to develop some depth in a shared ser­vices ap­proach for sport in our re­gion.”

The next step in the process is the com­ple­tion of a fea­si­bil­ity study, which will pro­vide best prac­tice ex­am­ples of run­ning a suc­cess­ful sports house. It will also help to iden­tify the needs of our re­gional sports, an un­der­stand­ing of the gov­er­nance and man­age­ment struc­ture re­quired and the cap­i­tal costs and fi­nan­cial op­tions to en­sure a sus­tain­able model for the fu­ture.

Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena Man­ager John Lynch agrees that “the vi­sion of hav­ing Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena as the Sports Hub of Palmer­ston North is an im­por­tant part of the City’s di­rec­tion and Master Plan for the venue.” The fea­si­bil­ity study will be com­pleted by Au­gust.

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