The Ōhaupō Community Sport and Recreation Centre project involves the development of a purpose-built community and recreation facility at Memorial Park, Ōhaupō.
In September last year (2017), Council was asked to part-fund a new Ōhaupō Community Sport and Recreation Centre. This is a community-led project aiming to create one central facility for community and recreation activities.
The facility will be in a similar location to the existing Ōhaupō rugby clubrooms and include the following facilities:
This project has been driven by a steering group formed for the project. The group includes representatives of both the Ōhaupō Rugby and Sports Club, other community groups and the wider community.
At a similar time, Council received a report which stated the current Ōhaupō War Memorial Hall needs to be brought up to national earthquake strengthening standards. Although detailed costs still need to be determined, estimated costs to fix the hall may be upward of $190,000.
In total, the project is budgeted to cost $1.5m. Council is proposing to contribute $500,000 towards the development of the centre – on condition the remaining $1m was confirmed from other funding sources.
When Council funds community facilities like these, the costs are covered by those who are likely to benefit directly from and use the hall.
All up there are approximately 1,034 households in these areas. These residents have received a letter to let them know their rates would be affected by the change.
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At this stage, no funding has been set aside to upgrade the Ōhaupō Memorial Hall as we want to know if there is support for this new centre first.
We would like to know if you have any comments around the hall.
If supported by local residents, Council will contribute $500,000 towards the project in the 2020/21 year.
The cost would be $40 per household, per year over 30 years from ratepayers. This will be a fixed charge for every property affected. If the project goes ahead, a separate charitable trust will be formed to manage the facility. Operating costs for a new building will be covered by the community organisation, not by Council.
|Town||Annual impact of on ratepayers
(2021/22 financial year onwards)
|Ōhaupō and surrounding areas||$40|
|Rest of the district||$0|
The alternative option is to not fund this recreation centre and instead rely on existing community halls and other recreation centres.
We think providing the grant to go towards a sport and recreation centre is a good idea as long as those affected support the proposal.