Sports project wants council cash
Another multi-million dollar sports centre is on the cards for Christchurch – and the groups involved want council cash to support it.
The mysterious proposal is the latest in a stream of postearthquake recreation projects in the city, including the proposed Northcote Entertainment and Sports Terminus (NEST) and the Crown-council metro sports facility.
Christchurch City Council is contributing $147 million to the metro facility, which is expected to have nine sports courts, and the developers of NEST, with up to 30 courts, want support too, estimating the council could lease the terminus for $1.5m a year.
Christchurch Netball Centre’s Megan McLay said an ‘‘anonymous benefactor’’ had approached the organisation with the opportunity to develop a stadium with up to 10 indoor courts for netball, futsal and other sports.
‘‘The benefactor has indicated a willingness to make an investment of up to $15m to the project, which is a significant investment and a fantastic opportunity,’’ McLay said, while submitting on council’s long-term plan yesterday. ‘‘One point that was constantly made is that even with [the] metro [sports facility] there is a significant shortage of multicourt facilities in Christchurch and that there will remain a significant shortage of quality indoor venues for all sports if further facilities are not provided.’’
The netball organisation and Mainland Football are requesting ‘‘support and assistance from the council’’ to help the facility ‘‘come to fruition within the next 12 to 18 months’’.
In a written submission, the groups asked assistance to ‘‘reduce costs’’ and ‘‘help navigate’’ requirements to build the facility. They also requested a contribution to the fit-out, but did not specify how much.
When contacted, McLay would not confirm the benefactor, but confirmed it was not the NEST developers. ‘‘I’ll certainly get in touch with you when we can share a bit more,’’ she said.