Community Facilities Update - Repair, Rebuild, Improve
DRAFT Annual Plan 2019/2020
Essential projects for 2019/2020 will be the Memorial Hall, Scout Hall and Cuddon Building as well as ongoing toilet improvements and essential 'make safe' work in a number of spots. Between them, these areas cover youth, community, charity and basic needs.
Next on the list are our parks and reserves, outdoor tennis courts and old Council building. Between them, these next three facilities extend our communities' access to sport and recreation and could provide a space for community focused work.
There’s also several things we want to look at in future years such as improving the skate park and creating a dog park. While Council would like to investigate these ideas, we won’t have the time, people or budget to take the lead until after 2021. In the meantime, community members are welcome to
talk to us about how to get ideas like these started.
Keep reading to find out our plan for community facilities over the next year.
Council looks after a number of buildings/facilities that were damaged in the 2016 earthquake. Work is ongoing with the community to ensure that these facilities are weather tight and safe to use. This page contains the latest available information about the repair/rebuild of Council managed community facilities.
Our plan: The Memorial Hall will be repaired, upgraded to meet requirements and improved to allow use by a wider variety of groups. The main hall will be made stronger and connections between the ends improved. Accessibility will be improved for wheelchair users and others, electrical and fire warning systems will be updated and better stage lighting in planned. Linings will be replaced to give better acoustics and allow for more variety of uses.
Cost to fix: $750,000 in 2019/2020, $1.1M in total
Timeline: Hall closed in May-October 2019. Supper Room closed May-July 2019
Our plan: Better maintain existing parks and reserves. Reserves management plans drafted, consulted on and finalised.
Cost to fix: $25,000
Timeline: Significant process by June 2020
Our plan: Finish the West End upgrade and minor fixes elsewhere
Cost to fix: $20,000
Timeline: Completed by late 2019
Harbour, wharves and jetties
Our plan: Lease Council land and buildings at Wakatu Quay, $270,000 of potential loan funding has been allowed for incase buildings need to be demolished to assist with lease. Carry out 'make safe' works on other wharf and jetty structures
Cost to fix: $100,000
Timeline: Urgent work in 2019/2020, less urgent in 2020/2021
Takahanga Domain courts
Our plan: Raise the two lower courts to the same level as the two upper courts and investigate conversion to a multi-use court/area. The area is culturally significant and Council will continue to work with the Rūnanga to develop a way forward. External funding, fundraising and/or in-kind work from the community will be central to any work
Cost to fix: Unknown (estimate $100,000) - will depend on final design
Timeline: Unknown - will depend on final design
Walkways and cycleways
Our plan: Maintain existing tracks. Investigate options around a cycleway from West End to Point Kean
Cost to fix: $40,000 (Reserves Development Fund)
Timeline: By June 2020
Our plan: Strengthening and refurbishing work to make the building safer and give the Op Shop more space.
Cost to fix: Approx. $400,000
Timeline: May-October 2019
Old Council Building
Our plan: Investigate potential use by community groups and social agencies
Cost to fix: Unknown - will depend on what physical work is needed to make the building safe and appropriate to use
Our plan: Council will fund work to make the southern half of this building safe to use. Council will work with hall users to seek external funding to repair floor damage, make the building weatherproof, and allow use of the northern half.
Cost to fix: $20,000 (Earthquake Recovery Fund)
Timeline: 'make safe' work by June 2019
Our plan: Further safety and operational upgrades including runways and aprons. This will be loan funded and charged back to users.
Cost to fix: $150,000
Timeline: Underway, completed by June 2019
Council is partnering with the community to work towards a new indoor pool. Council will donate the land, $1 million in capital funding and contribute up to $250, 000 per year to the operating costs.
A community Charitable Trust is being formed to lead this project and the fundraising.
- Information on booking or using Council managed Community Facilities
- General background about Council managed community facilities that were damaged by the November 2016 earthquake
- Swimming Pool Rebuild
- Rebuild Programme
23 May 2019