Pavilion leasing plan unopposed

A proposal to lease the Dunback tennis pavilion has, so far, not resulted in any public submissions, despite earlier opposition.

In public submissions on the Waitaki District Council's long term plan, there was strong opposition from some Dunback people to leasing the pavilion to the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.

They feared the community would lose access to it.

But the council said there would be a condition under any agreement that the association had to provide community access to the pavilion.

In its proposal, the council said the pavilion was believed to have been built by the community using local funds, including an insurance payout from a fire in the Green Valley Hall.

The tennis courts and pavilion were leased to the Dunback Tennis Club until 2007, when the club was dissolved. The pavilion reverted to the council, which owns the reserve.

In 2011, discussions were held between the Dunback Hall Committee, Waihemo Community Board and the caravan association about leasing the building to the association, which would maintain it.

The pavilion would be used as a communal building for association members, part of its ''park over site'' scheme throughout New Zealand.

This was never formalised.

This year, concern over maintenance led to a proposed lease of five years without a right of renewal.

An alternative trust had also expressed an interest in leasing the pavilion on behalf of the community.

Submissions on the proposal close on Friday.

-david.bruce@odt.co.nz

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