Carterton gets its say on new sport hub
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.