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23 May 2017

Funding boost for new playground

One of Gore’s most ambitious community projects is to receive a $50,000 grant from the Gore District Council.

The Gore Kids Hub Trust’s funding request for its children’s playground was approved by councillors earlier this month. The playground is next to the Kids Hub complex and the Gore Multisports Complex, in West Gore, and will be given to the community when it’s finished.

The Kids Hub trust has already raised $1.4million for its complex, which opened early last year. However, it has struggled to raise the $380,000 needed for the playground.

The trust has raised $242,841 to date from fundraising, sponsorship and grants.  This includes a $50,000 from the Mataura Licensing Trust announced this week.

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said the playground would add to the capacity and capability of the community and multisports complex.

Having an unfinished playground on Council-owned land benefitted no-one, he said.

“Providing a modern play environment for young children fits in perfectly with our long term vision of attracting new families to our town.”

Chief executive Stephen Parry said the grant would be paid from the Council’s recreational reserve fund and therefore have no impact on rates.

The $50,000 would give the Kids Hub Trust leverage with other funding agencies to enable completion of the playground, he said.

Once the Kids Hub playground was finished, the Council would undertake public consultation to look at future options for three small neighbourhood playgrounds nearby. These are the Sword Street, Moa Place and Merlin Place/Broughton Street playgrounds.

Options could include removing the recreational reserve classification and selling the land, or dismantling the play equipment but retain the land as a public reserve. The reserves have a combined rating land value of $299,000.

The Council gave $50,000 to the Trust last year for the playground. Other Council assistance involved the removal and spreading of soil from the site, and widening a portion of Wayland Street. These costs totalled $28,468 plus GST.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz