SPORTS HUB ONE STEP CLOSER
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.