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Venues and parks get an upgrade in Rotorua Long-term Plan proposals

Monday, May 21, 2018

Elected members have voted in support of a number of key sports and recreation projects proposed for the 2018-28 Long-term Plan, following a day-and-a-half of deliberations which followed community engagement and consultation.

The Long-term Plan will establish the work and projects to be undertaken across the next 10 years and how that will be funded. The deliberations by the council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee followed six weeks of public engagement and consultation which resulted in feedback from more than 1350 individuals, groups and organisations.

The recommendations of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee regarding proposals for inclusion in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP) will go to the Full Council for its consideration and final decisions later this month.

Based on decisions made by the Full Council the draft LTP will then be finalised and brought back to the Full Council to formally adopt the plan on 28 June, ahead of the new financial year. The 2018/19 financial year, which starts 1 July 2018, will become year one of the long-term plan.

The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee has resolved to support the inclusion in the LTP of the following in the sport and recreation field:

  • Stage 1 investment of $7.5m in Aquatic Centre upgrades and development over the first three years of the LTP with a view to attracting external investment for a further two redevelopment stages.
  • Invest $20m in redevelopment of Rotorua’s lakefront, across years one to eight of the LTP, with a view to attracting another $20m in external funding to create a world-class lakefront experience for locals and visitors. Funding will be sought from Central Government’s Provincial Growth Fund with early indications of support for Council’s application.
  • Invest $7.5m across years one to three of the LTP, with a view to attracting another $7.5m in external funding to improve access and public facilities at the Tokorangi Forest (Redwoods) side of Whakarewarewa Forest, recognising its importance to both the community and the local economy. Funding will be sought from Central Government’s Provincial Growth Fund with early indications of support for Council’s application.
  • Invest $5.5 million across years one to six of the LTP in further development of Kuirau Park, with one third to be sought from external funding sources (and with the proposed skate park project to become a separate project).
  • $750,000 in year two of the LTP (2019/20) to support fundraising for inner city skate park development (Cr Peter Bentley requested that his vote against this be recorded).

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