Pavilion lease concerns about access

The Dunback tennis pavilion will be leased out by the Waitaki District Council, despite opposition from some people and one group in the community.

Councillors at their meeting on Wednesday decided to lease it to the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, confirming an agreement negotiated in 2011 but never implemented.

The lease was opposed in submissions made to the council during its long-term plan process and when it specifically called for submission as part of the legal process to rent the building out.

The main issue was whether the community could still have access to the building, on the Dunback Domain, despite that being a condition in the contract.

Another was whether maintenance, also a lease condition, would be carried out properly by the association.

Dunback resident and secretary of the Waihemo Citizens' Charitable Trust, Jennifer Barnett, had urged the council not to go ahead with the lease.

She had concerns about guaranteeing public access and said the pavilion should be available to everyone, including the community and other campers at the domain not members of the association.

Council recreation manager Eric van der Spek said access was a condition of the lease.

Keys were at the council office, held by the tennis club and Joyce's Contracting.

The association had agreed to meet interested parties to discuss how to provide access to local users and manage shared use.

A sign could be placed on the door to say how bookings could be made and where a key was available.

The association had agreed to maintain the building and would meet every year with the council to discuss requirements.

''If the [association] does not abide by the terms of the lease (including community access and maintenance), council has the option of withdrawing the lease as [the association] would not have abided with its terms and conditions,'' Mr van der Spek said.

The pavilion is believed to have been built with community funding, including an insurance payout from the Green Valley Hall fire.

The Dunback Tennis Club was dissolved in 2007.

The building reverted to the council, which owned the reserve it was on.

david.bruce@odt.co.nz

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