Council boost for stand
Western Bay of Plenty District Councilwill contribute $100,000 toward the new covered grandstand for Te Puke Sports.
The funding is split between the Te Puke Community Board ($60,000) and Council ($40,000).
The grandstand project is part of the Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club’s vision to become amajor sporting and cultural centre for the Te Puke and surrounding eastern region.
Project co-ordinator Rick Hannay presented a request for $40,000 from Council to add to that already pledged by the Community Board.
The club bought 350 seats from Christchurch’s former Lancaster Park stadium for use in the new grandstand at the club’s Atuaroa Ave ground. The seatswere shipped to the Port of Tauranga and were ‘sold’ in a sponsorship fundraiser to start the grandstand project.
Rick told Council the club was amajor organisation in Te Puke positioning to cater for schools and community groups — including starting discussions with an Indian community group that is keen to use the facilities for tournaments.
“The inclusive culture of the club is a new direction aimed at expanding the diversity of the club for other community groups so that we can become a diverse sport, cultural and community facility,” said Rick.
He said the club had been virtually self-funding since it was established at the Atuaroa Ave ground in 1978. Grant applications have been made to TECT and Lotteries to help toward the total grandstand cost of $574,000 and Sport Bay of Plentywill also be approached for funding.
Councillors said it was commendable how the club had gained support from every organisation in the wider community for the grandstand project and the undertaking deserved council support.
The $40,000 from councilwill be funded from the General Rate Reserve and the $60,000 from the community boardwill come from the board’s Reserve Fund.
Te Puke Sports officials celebrate the arrival of seating from the old Lancaster Park in November 2017, with shipping, Zespri and Port of Tauranga representatives. The seats will be used to create a new grandstand at the club’s Murray Salt Stadium.