Netball fa­cil­ity work ready to be­gin

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

A suc­cess­ful Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion grant means work on re­build­ing Master­ton’s netball fa­cil­ity on Colombo Road will get un­der­way soon.

Bring it to Colombo Trust chair­man Luther Toloa said the first sod will be turned soon with the aim of hav­ing the re­build of the fa­cil­ity com­pleted in time for the 2018 netball sea­son. Last March, Bring it to Colombo un­veiled their plans to re­build the netball fa­cil­ity on Colombo Road.

Cost­ing $2.5 mil­lion, the work will in­clude resur­fac­ing and repo­si­tion­ing 12 courts – six as­phalt and six ar­ti­fi­cial and with three courts un­der cover, a new club room with dis­abil­ity ac­cess and ac­ces­si­ble toi­let and shower fa­cil­i­ties, a large view­ing deck, and med­i­cal room with out­side am­bu­lance ac­cess.

It had been hoped that the re­build would start af­ter the 2016 netball sea­son but a fund­ing short­fall and the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion de­clin­ing the ini­tial fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion meant more fundrais­ing was needed be­fore any work could start.

Toloa said the com­mu­nity got in be­hind the Trust and helped raise the short­fall that was re­quired be­fore the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion would re­con­sider their ap­pli­ca­tion and last week the Trust was ad­vised they will re­ceive fund­ing.

‘‘We are ab­so­lutely ec­static that we can fi­nally get on with cre­at­ing a fa­cil­ity that will now con­tinue to serve our com­mu­ni­ties and re­gion for gen­er­a­tions to come.

‘‘The value to our com­mu­nity $500,000 of Lot­ter­ies is price­less and that is the rea­son so many lo­cal busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions, fundrais­ing vol­un­teers, sports clubs, fam­i­lies, schools and in­di­vid­u­als have helped raise the money we needed to get us to a start­ing date. And one of the most pleas­ing as­pects of this project was the recog­ni­tion by all these folks that the netball and in­deed the wider com­mu­nity deserve bet­ter.’’

Toloa said to date, Bring it to Colombo has raised more than $2.2 mil­lion and will now only need to fundraise the last $250,000 to com­plete the project.

‘‘We wanted to start work be­fore the end of this year’s netball sea­son and I think we will achieve that.‘‘

Toloa said a num­ber of com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives are be­ing planned and for de­tails about how you can sup­port the re­build or if you want to do­nate go to www.brin­git­to­colombo.com

3D view of the pro­posed Colombo Road netball courts by Dar­ryl Sil­ver­wood Ar­chi­tect.

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