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03/07/2017 4:40pm

Unexpected costs and the need to bring some stage two work forward due to subsidence at the current Waihi netball club site, has resulted in a funding shortfall of $120,000 for stage one of Waihi Sport `n’ Action Trust’s multi-million-dollar Recreation and Community Centre at Morgan Park.

The excess will be covered by Council and sourced from the Waihi Ward Community Facilities Recreation Development Fund, which is made up of past contributions from developers who have undertaken projects in the area, such as residential subdivisions.

Urgent work from stage two brought forward

“Overall we’re $120,000 short, but about $60,000 of that is for stage two work that we’ve had to do early because things became quite urgent (due to netball court subsidence),” said Trust representative Mark Skinner.

Work on stage one of the project began in November last year and the construction of 10 new netball and tennis courts at the back of Morgan Park is now almost complete.

Stage two of the project involves moving the current netball pavilion to the back of the park, where it will eventually be transformed into combined club rooms, and the creation of new bowling and croquet greens.

Creating a hub of sport and recreation

It’s envisioned that over the next five years Morgan Park will become the hub of sport and recreation in Waihi, with shared clubrooms and a collaborative approach to overheads, maintenance, sponsorship, funding and marketing. As well as catering to netball, tennis, football and cricket, the long term game plan includes an indoor sports centre for inline hockey, a combined club rooms with squash courts, and new bowling greens and croquet facilities.

On top of promoting an active and healthy community by providing up to date facilities in an easily accessible environment, the project will cater for growing clubs and support and revitalise others that might be struggling to meet their financial commitments on their own.