Christchurch Council supports sports & business initiatives

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

esterday’s Council Meeting agreed a number of key decisions including those to support sports initiatives and business development in our city. Key decisions made at yesterday’s Council Meeting were: Canterbury Netball received a grant of $29,800 …9 December 2011

Council decisions support sports and business initiatives

Yesterday’s Council Meeting agreed a number of key decisions including those to support sports initiatives and business development in our city.

Key decisions made at yesterday’s Council Meeting were:

• Canterbury Netball received a grant of $29,800 from the 2011/12 Metropolitan Discretionary Response Fund.

• A $45,000 Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund grant was approved for a new athletics facility at Rawhiti Domain subject to a business plan being developed.

• Ferrymead Golf Limited’s lease at Ferrymead Park was amended to allow for the operation of a paintball course subject to conditions.

• The development of a temporary show home village at Canterbury Agricultural Park received the approval of the lease of land to support this initiative.

• The Council is delighted to accept the gift of the Pou Whenua for Sutton Reserve in Lyttelton and Pony Point Reserve in Cass Bay from the Whakaraupo Carving Centre.

• Approval was given for a replacement wastewater treatment plant for Akaroa to be located away from the historic Takapuneke Reserve. Staff will report back to the Council on possible sites within six months after consulting the Ônuku Rūnanga and local community.

• The Council denied consent for nine gaming machines at a New Brighton bar. The decision is in line with the Council’s Gambling Policy which is to prevent an increase in the number of gambling venues and gaming machines in the city.

In addition, the Council received a deputation from representatives of Manchester Street residents, north of Bealey Avenue, concerned about street workers operating in their residential area. The deputation related to an item on the agenda informing the Council of the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. Mayor Bob Parker agreed to write to the Mayor of Auckland and Government advising that the Council supports the Bill and wants to be involved in any further discussions so that similar provisions will be available to Christchurch. Council staff will also liaise with the Police and local representatives of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective to assist in resolving these concerns.

ENDS

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