Recreation centre will cost

CHARLOTTE SQUIRE
Last updated 12:58 10/06/2014

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Supporters of the proposed Golden Bay recreation centre are celebrating that the facility can now go ahead, but they face a $800,000 task.

Thanks to 128 submissions and 680 signatures tabled during a consultation phase, the Tasman District Council has put the facility back into its annual plan.

Council spokesman Chris Choat said the community will still have to raise $800,000 toward the project.

This figure was always on the agenda. Golden Bay residents will also face paying an annual $10 targeted rate from July to help fund it.

Over the next three years the council will fund the $3.7 million community facility, beginning with the completion of design plans, followed by the consent process.

The council had planned to axe the facility from this year's annual plan as it sought to reduce debt.

Tasman district mayor Richard Kempthorne said he was pleased the council reached the decision to reinstate the facility.

"It's been an increasing contest between providing core services and recreational facilities, and also not spending," he said.

Kempthorne said it would mean that each ward would now have had access to the district facilities rate funding for a facility.

Golden Bay councillor Martine Bouillir said she was pleased to see it back on the annual plan because she knew it was a project that had a "really broad acceptance" from a lot of people in Golden Bay.

"They have had to take a $300,000 cut (to the project budget), but considering all the other cuts that had to be made, like the service centre, I think we're very lucky to get it," she said.

Golden Bay Shared Recreation Facility Incorporated Society chairman Dean Lund said he was "extremely happy" that the "very necessary community project" had been reinstated..

However, he said the society was a little disappointed that the budget had been significantly trimmed to what was originally proposed by the council.

"Having said that, we are yet to work through the finer detail of the reinstatement and once this is known and understood, we'll develop a plan to really get this project under way and completed."

He said they wouldn't be giving up on further development on the community facility, despite the project's reduced budget.

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