Stadium is hottest topic

Last updated 11:10 08/04/2014

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Most of the 200 submissions the Waimate District Council received for its 2014-15 Draft Annual Plan were about the stadium proposal.

The stadium began it's life as an army drill hall and was extended in the 1970s.

The WDC began looking at options to modernise the premises last year, so it can facilitate indoor sports such as badminton, netball, football and cricket.

Mayor Craig Rowley said they now have a lot of work ahead of them to collate the information in time for the submission hearings on May 6.

"We are in the early stages of forming a stadium fundraising committee, and this will be stepped up very quickly if council decides to progress the project to the next phase," Rowley said.

The high number of proposals may have been due to encouragement by Waimate High School principal Janette Packman, who said in the school newsletter that the council needed to hear the voices of the youth in the community.

"The school supports the stadium as we believe it will be a positive asset for our students and the wider community," Packman said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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