Board boosts sports project

The Rodney Local Board approved a grant of $150,000 last month to allow the Mahurangi Sport and Recreation Collective to progress construction of multisport facility at Warkworth Showgrounds.

The money will help cover the cost of the design, planning, architectural drafting, geological engineering and preliminary site works for Stage 1 of the project, which will include a gymnasium and associated indoor courts.

Addressing the Board in support of the project, collective chair Gerard van Tilborg said in addition to Board support, the collective was receiving a lot of in-kind support for the project from the community.

This meant the collective was not only providing an asset that would benefit Warkworth as it grew, but was also an extremely cost-effective option
for Auckland Council.

Mr van Tilborg said the collective was currently establishing fundraising committees to secure the $3 million required to complete Stage 1 of the facility.

He hoped Council’s consenting process for the project could be completed at the end of this year and optimistically, if everything went to plan, Stage 1 of the facility could be open by the end of next year.

Future stages of the project could include a function centre, team sport facilities, lounges, bars and changing rooms.

Mr van Tilborg praised the Board for its willingness to embrace a project that would enhance participation in gymnastics and other sports.

“The Board’s willingness to be progressive and look to the future is exemplary,” he said.