Chip­ping in for the­atre

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­

Hau­raki res­i­dents may be asked to chip in to Hamil­ton's re­gional the­atre project.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil's new Long Term Plan pri­or­i­ties fo­cus on flood­ing and biose­cu­rity but other projects, such as plans for a re­gional the­atre could be fi­nanced in part by re­gional ratepay­ers.

De­signs for the $73 mil­lion project in­clud­ing a 20 per cent contin­gency were re­leased in April. It will com­bine an ho­tel, a the­atre of 1300 seats and a gallery, all part of a cul­tural hub lo­cated near the river in Hamil­ton for cul­tural per­for­mances from plays and bal­let to orches­tra shows.

And parts of Hau­raki District res­i­dents — in­clud­ing parts of Waihi — will con­trib­ute to the cap­i­tal cost of the project.

A tar­geted rate of 50 cents a year per prop­erty is planned to be charged to Hau­raki res­i­dents along with those from neigh­bour dis­tricts — ThamesCoro­man­del, toro­hanga, South Waikato, Taupo¯ and parts of Ro­torua.

Other neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts such as Mata­mata-Pi­ako, Waikato and Waipa¯ might be charged $5.54 a year.

Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion Mo­men­tum Waikato says that other or­gan­i­sa­tions will help fund the project such as Trust Waikato ($15 mil­lion), lo­cal coun­cils ($30 mil­lion) and another $16 mil­lion to be sought from cen­tral govern­ment, spon­sor­ship or lot­ter­ies.

“And the balance is ex­pected to come from gen­er­ous fam­i­lies and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Waikato re­gion,” it says.

But Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil says that this tar­geted rate is still to be agreed with Hamil­ton City Coun­cil.

“The de­ci­sion is sub­ject to Hamil­ton City Coun­cil con­firm­ing its fund­ing of $25 mil­lion to­wards the cap­i­tal cost. Dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions the coun­cil also agreed that a fund­ing deed would be de­vel­oped for the coun­cil's ap­proval.

“It will re­quire a num­ber of is­sues to be ad­dressed to the sat­is­fac­tion of the coun­cil prior to any fund­ing be­ing O¯ re­leased.”


A view of the Waikato Re­gional The­atre and Em­bassy Park from Vic­to­ria Street, Hamil­ton.

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