Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Another Christchurch Sporting Venue Set For Destruction

Another Christchurch Sporting Venue Set For Destruction

The earthquakes in Christchurch have taken a significant toll on many of its landmark buildings, but it’s not just Mother Nature that can wreak havoc...

The Velodrome at Denton Park in Hornby has been there for nearly 30 years, but it ain’t gonna last much longer without some much-needed TLC.

It would seem there just isn’t enough to do for the Hornby youth as they continuously target the Velodrome and its facilities. In the past two weeks alone there have been three fires set, the fence has been hacked with wire cutters, and the grandstand and club house have been covered in graffiti.

The Denton Park Velodrome is a Christchurch City Council-owned facility used by Canterbury Track Cycling (CTC). Committee Chairman Syd Martin is beside himself, desperate for some help from the Christchurch City Council to sort out the escalating problems.

“I came to open up for Wednesday racing two weeks ago and the little buggers had set fire to a tree on the fence line requiring an onsite visit from the fire department” said Syd “and then blow me down if I don’t get a call last Friday night to say that they’ve been at it again, this time setting the ticket booth alight and attempting to do the same to the grandstand.”

But it’s not just the fires and the graffiti, there have been so many cars broken into and stolen during club racing that a dedicated group of parents and committee members have formed their own security team. They patrol the fence line and car park and communicate suspicious activity via walkie talkies – this is a case of big boy cops and robbers.

“We can have up to a hundred kids and adults racing at club days on Wednesdays and Sundays, so the carpark is chocka. If it weren’t for our team of parents in their hi-vis vests, I’m not sure what we’d do!”

However the issues don’t stop there, in March of this year the grandstand and the storage facilities underneath it were red-stickered by the Council, leaving CTC nowhere to store the 60 bikes that it owns and loans out to development riders. “We’ve worked really hard to purchase and maintain a supply of good quality track bikes to help kids start in the sport, but with the storage sheds under the grandstand off-limits we were left scratching our heads about how we could manage.”

Three 20ft containers have been placed on the side of the track by Smith’s Crane and Construction who have generously offered extended payment terms whilst the club applies for funding. “So far we’ve been turned down by the Council for any funding, even though this jeopardises the viability of the sport in Christchurch.”

“If we could get some funding for the containers and get our hands on a surveillance system it could make a huge difference – we might even be able to catch the rat-bags responsible.”

But this is a low-budget sport (producing some of NZ’s best track cyclists) and every penny spent on maintaining the Council property is money taken away from helping Christchurch’s youth participate in the sport.

With 3 Olympian and many National champion riders coming to compete in the new year carnival much work is required to get the facilities in decent order to show the rest of the country that despite the obvious difficulties in Canterbury, Track Cycling is doing its very best to forge ahead.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

BusinessDesk: APN's NZME Sees Future In Paywalls, Growth In Digital Sales

APN News & Media has touted a single newsroom concept for its NZME unit in New Zealand, similar to what Germany's Die Welt uses, saying an 'integrated sales proposition' is helping it win market share, including ... More>>

Labour Party: Global Milk Prices Now Lowest In 6 Years

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices ... More>>

BusinessDesk: NZ Inflation Expectations Creep Higher In June Survey

May 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand businesses lifted their expectations for inflation over the next two years, sapping any immediate pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, and prompting the kiwi dollar to jump higher. More>>

BusinessDesk: Lower Fuel Costs Drive Down NZ Producer Input, Output Prices

May 19 - Producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly reflecting lower fuel costs and weakness in prices of meat and dairy products. More>>

Media: Fairfax Media NZ Announces Senior Editorial Team

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print. More>>

Science: Flavonoids Reduce Cold And Cough Risk

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More>>


BusinessDesk: RBNZ House Alert Speech The Catalyst For Government Action

Prime Minister John Key all but conceded that pressure from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for concerted action on rampant Auckland house prices was one of the main catalysts for the government's weekend announcements about tightly ... More>>

BusinessDesk: How To Fall Foul Of The New Housing Tax Rules: Tips From IRD

Just because you rented out your investment property doesn't absolve you from paying tax, says the Inland Revenue Department in a summary of commonly made mistakes by non-professional property investors when it comes to their tax liability.More>>

Legal: Superdiversity Law, Policy And Business Stocktake Announced

Mai Chen, Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, today announced the establishment ... More>>

Housing: More House Price Gains Expected

House price expectations remain high, with a net 56% of respondents expecting house prices will increase. Fears of higher interest rates are fading, consistent with the RBNZ’s signals this year. Affordability and a lack of houses for ... More>>

TDDA: State-Of-The-Art Drug Testing Laboratory To Open In Auckland

World leading drug testing agencies, The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) and Omega Laboratories, open New Zealand laboratory More>>

Network: Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband Into Wellington

Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband into Wellington Naked broadband provider Bigpipe has extended its national reach, announcing today, the launch of its unlimited UFB offering into Wellington. The Spark Venture business is giving Wellingtonians the ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news