$3.2m sports ground on way

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Tamahere’s central sports and recreational ground is set to emerge from a mix of paddocks and cleared house sites over the next three years at a cost of nearly $3.2 million.

In recent weeks the house on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamehana Drive has been moved away and two other houses in the centre of the recreation reserve area will soon follow suit.

Initial site works for the recreation area will take place over the coming spring and summer, the Tamahere Community Committee was told at its July meeting.

Design work will also be carried out in the first phase of the development, which eventually will include a sports pavilion, cricket oval, grass and all-weather sports fields for a range of sports and a piazza adjacent to the retail development proposed for the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamehana Dr.

The budget for the sport fields shows $350,000 being spent in 2015-16, $438,103 in 2016-17, $1,612,972 in 2017-18 and, in the same year, $787,354 being spent on the piazza for a total of $3,188,429.

Broadside at broadband

The Tamahere Community Committee has withdrawn its support from the Waikato District Council’s bid for additional Government funding to expand ultra-fast broadband in its communities.

The move came after the committee found that Tamahere had slipped down the priority ranks from top to fifth for expanded broadband in the final document submitted by the council to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

In June, the committee had provided a letter in support of the submission to MBIE but at its July meeting members unanimously moved to write to both the Waikato district Mayor and chief executive withdrawing support “due to the lack of transparency of the process at the 8 June presentation and to convey the committee’s concerns with both the final document and the methods used to develop the document.”

In a statement the council said it had made “a solid” bid for the additional funding for broadband.

Pony poo on paths

Reports to the committee of horse droppings being left on footpaths and public areas prompted it to make a call for riders to clean up after their mounts.

It was disappointing that areas were being fouled by the large droppings and not being cleaned up, the committee said.

The committee’s full minutes are available here on the Waikato District Council website.

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