Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


QEII preferred site for new Eastern Recreation Centre

QEII preferred site for new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre


Christchurch City Council has approved QEII Park as its preferred site for a new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre in north east Christchurch.

At an Earthquake Recovery Committee of the Whole committee meeting held today at the North New Brighton Community Centre, councillors agreed that the new recreation and sport centre should be built on QEII Park. The committee has delegated authority to make the decision on behalf of the Council.

This is subject to a feasibility study on the suitability of the site, including geotechnical investigations. Potential partnership opportunities, for example with the Ministry of Education, will also be explored. The results of the feasibility study and, if appropriate, the cost and timelines for the project will be reported back to the Council by April 2015.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says this a significant occasion for east Christchurch, particularly on the anniversary of the 4 September earthquake which marked the beginning of such devastation for this part of the city.

"Before it was damaged in the earthquakes, QEII Recreation and Sport Centre was an extremely important hub for the east. We're delighted to make this announcement about a new recreation and sport centre that will be used by residents of all ages in one of the very neighbourhoods that will benefit from the facility."

Burwood/Pegasus Community Board Chair Andrea Cummings says identifying QEII as the preferred site for the new facility was a truly community-led process. A community advisory group was formed in June to recommend where the new recreation and sport centre should be located.

"It's fitting that the location of such a vital facility for the east should be chosen by the community for the community. Over the past few months we've had many robust discussions about where the facility should be located and we're confident we've recommended a site that will serve residents well. This is not the end of the advisory group or the community's involvement in the process but it's a great big milestone."

The advisory group includes representatives from eight community and sport organisations - Youth Alive Trust, Rawhiti Community Sports Inc, Aranui Community Trust Incorporated Society (ACTIS), Tumara Park Residents' Association, Avondale Residents' Association, Coastal Spirit Football Club, Keep QEII in the East and Eastern Vision.

On Thursday 14 August, the advisory group agreed to recommend QEII as its preferred location for a new recreation and sport centre and the Burwood/Pegasus Community Board endorsed this at a meeting on 1 September.

Tumara Park Residents' Association and Advisory Group Spokesperson Robert Jugovac says the advisory group process has shown what the community can achieve by working together. "There was a real determination to produce a robust recommendation and we are pleased the Council has adopted that recommendation today. More work is needed until we are all benefiting from the new facility and many will be impatient for the real work on site to commence. But today's decision is a significant step and the community advisory group is eager to continue its involvement for the benefit of the whole ward and wider Christchurch community."

The Council agreed in June 2012 that an Eastern facility should be built on the QEII site, or an agreed alternative location, to replace the damaged QEII Sport and Recreation Centre.

A budget of $30.5 million has been allocated to the Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre in the 2012/13 Annual Plan and subsequently brought into the Christchurch City Three Year Plan (TYP). The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has also given $6.5 million for water attractions at the facility.

For a copy of the report visit http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2014/September/EarthquakeRecoveryCommitteeoftheWhole4September2014FULLAGENDA2.pdf


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

  • Govt Probed Over Health & Safety
  • Questions and Answers 28-05-15
  • Week in Parliament 22-05-15
  • Saturday Sitting
  • House Rises At Midnight
  • Telco Levy Bill Passes
  • Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading
  • Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

  • Labour Party: McCully Doesn’t Deny Bribe In Saudi Sheep Scandal

    “In Parliament today I asked Murray McCully directly: Why is he the first Minister in history to back a multi-million dollar facilitation arrangement which in other jurisdictions is called a bribe? says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson ... More>>

    ALSO:

    Welfare: Closure Of Relationships Aotearoa

    The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed is concerned about the closure of a national service which provides a wide range of services to rural and urban communities throughout New Zealand. More>>

    ALSO:

    TPPA: University Of Auckland Warns Of Negative TPP Impact

    The University of Auckland May 20, 2015 University of Auckland Warns of Negative TPP Impact With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation drawing to a close, the University of Auckland has expressed serious concerns about its potential implications. ... More>>

    NZ Flag: Flag Referendum Gets Hit Hard In New Poll

    The latest Campbell Live text poll confirms it is time for the Prime Minister to listen to the public and shelve his flag referendum, says the New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Belated Moves On Property Speculation

    Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More>>

    Grant Robertson:
    Key Can’t Just Be Prime Minister For Parnell

    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In a ... More>>


    Labour Party: More Regional Jobs Go In Corrections Reshape

    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka ... More>>

    ALSO:

  • NZ First - Prison Job Losses to Send Money Offshore
  • TPPA: ‘Team Obama’ Regroups On Fast Track, Still Not Deliverable

    ‘After yesterday’s stinging and unexpected defeat for the Obama administration’s attempt to advance Fast Track legislation in the US Senate, Senate leaders have worked up a compromise they think will get them past this blockage’, according to Auckland ... More>>

    NZ Government: 5,500 More Doctors And Nurses In Our Hospitals

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country. More>>

    Controller and Auditor General: Katherine Rich Conflict of Interest Decision

    We are writing to you about a matter that has been raised with us by members of the public. More>>

    ALSO:

    Budget 2015: Andrew Little On The 2015 Budget

    Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce, the Labour opposition leader attacked the government’s approach to economic issues facing New Zealand. He said they have been “more than reckless in their complacency” and “the next week’s budget will do nothing ... More>>

    Defence Force: NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel In Iraq

    NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel in Iraq The New Zealand Defence Force Building Partner Capacity training mission contingent is in place at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating says the ... More>>

    PM Press Conference: ACC Levy Cuts Announced

    In a press conference this afternoon in Wellington, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye proposed $500 million worth of ACC levy cuts. More>>

    Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news