Papakura wants to get busy at leisure centre

Publish Date : 11 Jul 2024
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A Papakura Leisure Centre seismic strengthening and building renewal project costing $2.5million is a feature of the Papakura Local Board’s recently adopted Customer and Community Services Work Programme.

Three other projects top the $1million mark, with $1.6million earmarked to develop a new neighbourhood park at Twin Parks Rise, $1.3million allocated to providing a similar park at Kai-pāwhara, and $2.4milion provided for Opāheke Park - where the board wants detailed design and build work undertaken around freshwater and wastewater systems, including a new bore.

Board Chair Brent Catchpole says the work programme is a complex document with funding possibly coming come from several sources and provided over more than one financial year.

“But it outlines what we want to be getting on with on our patch, so that we can deliver assets that will serve the community well into the future,” he says.

The Opāheke Project is one where the Board has long believed the way to advance things is to connect to the water systems so that they are on hand before we attempt to develop more playing space.

“If we were to commit to developing more fields we could end up in a suituation where making use of the fields was difficult because the exisiting facilities could not cope with increased numbers, and the fields themselves would not be able to be maintained properly because of a lack of irrigation and drainage.”

In feedback on its decision, the board also called for provision to be made for it to have oversight of any proposal to sell the Papakura Art Gallery site in Averill Street, and  for an investigation into giving local boards more greater decision-making powers over how growth funding is allocated, noting those investment decisions had direct implications for boards and local communities.

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