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Monday
Jul202015

Thames Sports Facilities

Readers will aware of my profound concerns regarding the Zoom Zone Dry Court Facility that has been linked with the Skate Park and Rhodes Park Grandstand projects through the Active Thames 2018 Project. Joint fundraising has been in the hands of a Trust chaired by Mary Hamilton.

My concerns have settled around the concentration of of funding in the Indoor Facility at the High School from the Thames Urban Purposes Reserve Fund Account (TUGPRA) that belongs to the entire community. After substantial and successful lobbying by Mary and her cohort, the Zoom Zone people have been successful in securing the entire available fund amounting to some $2.6m. The remaining $500k may be available, along with further contributions from the leasehold rentals around Te Aroha for the renewal of the swimming complex in due course. This needs to be protected from further inroads that may result from any over-spend on the Dry Court.

I have always maintained that the proposed aquatic centre was a more urgent because of engineering concerns surrounding the current facility, and that it would be more widely appreciated by a much wider  demographic than the Dry Court would ever be. But this is not to be - the Community Board has decided in a democratic fashion to support the Dry Court facility, and I accept this inevitability following an important Extraordinary meeting of the Community Board today when the decision was taken to proceed to the next (4th) milestone of the project.

This decision as it happens places the Skate Park and the Dry Court ahead of the Rhodes Park Grandstand -  delayed for a year or two until the other two are completed.  The pledges are all to be directed to the Dry Court in the meantime.

Because of the importance of the decision made today, I will split this information into two posts in an endeavour to clarify some of the issues, and avoid confusion - the paper that was presented to the Board today was not exactly a paragon in that regard, but additional information presented at the meeting by the project manager - Simon Stevens did assist in that regard. I will endeavour to analyse that information in tomorrow's post.

In the meantime Simon has provided me with vital information regarding the pledged contributors. It was always going to be important that this covered a range of Thames businesses , and individuals, and was thereby able to confirm wide support in the community. My previous doubts in that regard have been assuaged - Mary has done a splendid job in picking pockets all over Thames - far wider than I had been led to believe with the earlier list that came out in February - smaller individual contributions are lumped together, and the list relates mainly to the large tax-deductible contributions.

The pledges are supported by signed documents. The total pledged - $511,800 exceeds the budgeted donations by some $55k - a wonderful result, and it seems that more is on the way. 

I believe that it is important public information because of the manner in which it can assist to widen the net. Simon and Mary, together with Strat have kindly agreed to allow me to publish those names today with a couple of understandable exceptions involving major sponsors that are awaiting finalisation:

Here are the categories of donor:

Gold                      $50,000

Silver                     $20,000-$25,000

Bronze Plus           $15,000

Bronze                  $10,000

Other                    <$10,000

And here are the donors:

ANZ

Other

CNS I Home IT

Bronze Plus

Hamilton, Mary, Eric & Family

Bronze

Harcourts Thames

Bronze Plus

Harrison Grierson

Bronze Plus

Hauraki Herald

Silver

Hydraulink Thames 2002

Bronze

Jamieson, Maree, Gary & Family

Bronze

Kopu Engineering

Bronze

Kopu Hall Committee

Bronze Plus

Leopold Family Trust

Bronze

Miller Poulgrain Lawyers

Bronze

Murphy, Karen, Todd & Family

Bronze

Corporate Sponsor (Name withheld pending confirmation of funding agreement)

Major Partner

Richardson, Jenny, Peter & Family

Bronze

Richardson Real Estate Limited

Gold

Richardson Real Estate Limited - Thames

Silver

Saunders Mitsubishi Thames

Bronze

Stihl Shop Thames

Bronze

SmartRV

Silver

SRE Electricians

Bronze

Stirling Sports Thames

Bronze

Thames Dental & Podiatry

Other

Thames Dental Centre

Other

Thames Farm and Industrial

Bronze

Thames High School Student Executive

Other

Thames Rugby and Sports Club Inc.

Silver Plus

Veolia

Gold

Versatile Homes and Buildings Thames

Bronze

 

$511,800

 


 

 

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