More funding sought for popular recreation centre

The Cross Recreation Centre needs nearly double its current annual contribution from the Clutha District Council, or the management committee might have to ''wind it down''.

Committee chairman Jeff Seymour said the centre offered important support to those in the district, but it required a $20,000 increase in funds to cover the depreciation of equipment and ''all the other bits and pieces in it''.

''It's debt-free, it's operating well, people are using it,'' he said.

''It would be a shame for it to wind down.''

It opened in November 2011 and Mr Seymour said the management committee now knew the true costs of running the recreation centre, which he said 60,000 people would use this year..

The centre's operating budget of about $200,000 generated a modest surplus each year.

In 2014-15 the net operating surplus was $9624, but after depreciation the centre was effectively operating at a $10,000 loss each year.

The management committee wanted to put away $30,000 a year to cover the centre's true costs.

The council funds the centre's operating costs at $21,000 per year; it loan-funded the centre $2.5 million in 2011.

The council will debate submissions on May 19, and is expected to formally approve the long-term plan on June 18.


Roading call

Federated Farmers has asked the Clutha District Council to adjust its roading rating scheme to better reflect the toll taken on rural roads by traffic to and from dairy farms.

Federated Farmers South Island regional policy manager Kim Reilly, who appeared at the long-term plan hearing yesterday, said capital value rather land value ought to be used to determine roading rates.

While large-scale sheep and beef operations had high land value, their capital values were lower than their dairy counterparts, she said.

Adjusting the roading rating scheme would put more of the rates burden on the dairy industry, the activities of which took a greater toll on the district's roads.

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