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Community facilities may be changed
THE FUTURE of Selwyn s com-
munity halls and centres -- and the
traditional way of running and fund-
ing them -- is being examined in a
council commissioned consultant
report promoting rationalisation of
the district s facilities.
The draft Community Centres
and Halls Strategic Plan , by Global
Leisure Group, is up for approval for
public release and consultation at a
council meeting today. It was com-
missioned to take advantage of an
opportunity to take stock of council
facilities and plan for future popu-
lation growth over the next 30 years,
after the damage incurred in some of
In the report, the replacement of
some earthquake-hit facilities such
as Lakeside Hall -- now targeted for
demolition -- is discouraged. The
funds from insurance should be put
into development of a Leeston com-
munity and sport centre . The future
of others would be reviewed long-
term, such as the Broadfield District
Community Centre, because of its
proximity to bigger towns.
Operating costs are recommended
to be paid for in the general rate or
by wards, with the current targeted
rates system reserved to pay for the
development of the community
centres and halls infrastructure.
Use of uniform rates would
remove the inefficient targeted rates
approach that results in much of the
funding being apportioned ineffec-
tively and without regard to a wider
ward or district context.
This will lead to a more equitable
and planned distribution of
resources and the ability to target
provision to succeeding facilities, and
limit funding to rundown or inappro-
priately managed and under-utilised
community centres and halls, the
A development levy for community
infrastructure could be introduced.
Centres in towns with the highest
population growth potential, such as
at Rolleston, are seen as keystone
centres and should be operated
directly by the council without the
need for an advisory committee .
Ownership models are also con-
sidered, with some centres recom-
mended to be signed over to partner-
ships with sports clubs and others
Funding is recommended to focus
on projects which increase utilis-
ation , as it would give an incentive
for better performance.
A more business-orientated
approach is seen as key in the
governance of facilities, with com-
munity management committees
needing more skilled people.
There is a need to revamp how
facilities are governed -- with newer,
more modern models of governance
and partnership where expertise is
valued over representation, it is
stated. Individuals are offering
their time to help operate facilities
without the knowledge and expertise
required to be able to do so.
All that's left of old town
By GARY MOODY
FACING WRECKING BALL: The
damaged Dunsandel Hall which was
built in 1929.
LET IT STAND: Dunsandel Hall management committee members, from left, Bill
Wagner, John Gardiner, Doug Bain, Rex Gardiner are frustrated by demolition plans.
THE MANAGEMENT committee of
the earthquake-hit Dunsandel Hall
is giving the Selwyn District Council
a clear message -- do not knock it
Committee chairman and long-
serving community volunteer Doug
Bain said the hall s fate, which was
decided when it was authorised for
demolition at a recent council meet-
ing -- subject to appropriate notifi-
cation to the community and confir-
mation of an insurance payout --
should be rethought.
Committee members were frus-
trated there was no option being con-
sidered to repair or rebuild the hall.
They feared the damage from the
quakes could be used as an oppor-
tunity to demolish it, with the build-
ing seen as surplus to requirements.
Construction of a proposed $3 mil-
lion community centre in another
part of the town has already been
approved in the council s long term
Mr Bain was aware a price had
been sought for demolition, but not
that the decision had been made to
go ahead with it. He had hoped for
better communication from the coun-
cil, and for his committee to have
The hall was said by the council to
be repairable -- which would be met
by insurance -- but would need
$175,000 to be brought up to 67 per
cent of the building code, which
made it uneconomic to fix.
A council report tabled at the
recent meeting said a project to build
a new facility was under way in the
town, and staff believe demolition of
the hall should immediately be
undertaken to reduce the future
costs of site fencing .
Committee members want a hold
on its demolition.
They felt ratepayers would be
much happier with a repair, or a new
hall, rather than paying for a new
community centre with a $131 tar-
geted rate over 20 years.
Mr Bain disputed that the results
of consultation, which showed sup-
port for the new facility and led to its
inclusion in the plan, reflected the
town s true feelings on the issue.
The community should be consul-
ted again with all the options --
including retention of the hall -- on
the table, Mr Bain said.
If more than 50 per cent of the
residents wanted the new centre I
would go with it, he said.
The largely elderly population
would not use the new centre, and
there was not a large enough rate-
payer base to justify the cost.
Mr Bain said a repaired or even
rebuilt hall would still meet the
town s needs, and the sports centre
could be refurbished for less than the
cost of a new one and be adequate.
There was little of the old Dunsan-
When the hall goes what s left?
It appears the horse may have
Mayor Kelvin Coe said the council
was in the process of seeking a con-
sent to demolish the building.
Mr Coe said there would be no fur-
ther consultation and he was confi-
dent the new community centre had
the support of the town residents.
He said the hall committee had
been part of that process as part of
the community, but he acknowledged
the loss of the hall, which had been
part of the town for a long time,
would be difficult for some.
However ratepayers money would
be better spent on the new facility
than repairing it, because it would
still be an old hall.
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