Carter­ton gets its say on new sport hub

Wairarapa News - - SPORT - ILLYA MCLELLAN

The de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the Carter­ton sports hub pro­posal is now over to the wider com­mu­nity.

Carter­ton District Coun­cil have put a sur­vey on their web­site to gauge com­mu­nity in­ter­est so that they can de­cide whether to fully back the pro­posal. Peo­ple who are not on­line can pick up a sur­vey from the coun­cil of­fices or Carter­ton Events Cen­tre.

The last pub­lic meet­ing showed that there was over­whelm­ing sup­port for the pro­posal in the Wairarapa town with six sport­ing clubs on board and room for oth­ers to join.

Carter­ton Sports and Recre­ation Trust deputy chair­man Mike Os­borne said judg­ing by the sup­port the pro­posal has had in the com­mu­nity in the past few years they would be sur­prised if there was any ma­jor op­po­si­tion.

‘‘The fund­ing will largely be from lot­tery grants and other forms of fundrais­ing and do­na­tions. The com­mu­nity will most likely fund a quar­ter of the cost of stage one which is pro­jected to be $2 mil­lion.

‘‘The pro­posal is in a good place with the ma­jor sport­ing clubs like rugby, net­ball, squash and foot­ball all on board with it. The other thing to re­mem­ber is that the venue will be avail­able to any group in the com­mu­nity that has a need to use it.

‘‘It will be a re­source for the district and a cen­tral hub for Carter­ton lo­cated in the heart of Wairarapa. We hope peo­ple will let the coun­cil know if they sup­port it be­cause it would be great to get the project started.’’

Carter­ton AFC (al­ready based at Howard Booth Park) pres­i­dent Rod O’Leary said the hub will fi­nally fully utilise Howard Booth Park and en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion and sup­port be­tween the var­i­ous sport­ing codes which will only ben­e­fit the Carter­ton com­mu­nity in the long term.

‘‘This fa­cil­ity is needed, and it will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity to younger mem­bers of the com- mu­nity to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing their sport­ing careers, which these days are as vi­able a choice as a ca­reer in law or banking used to be.

‘‘The fa­cil­ity will in­crease qual­ity of life and give the wider Wairarapa an­other ex­cel­lent as­set that will en­cour­age growth and we are right be­hind it. It will be a great ad­di­tion to what is al­ready a great part of New Zealand.’’

A copy of the pro­posed plan for the hub at Howard Booth Park.

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