Plans for centre of excellence progressing slowly

 Mike Coggan
Mike Coggan
Plans to develop a $1.1 million centre of cricket excellence at Logan Park have inched forward.

The Otago Cricket Association and Otago Polytechnic revealed plans to collaborate on the proposed facility in May but progress has been slow.

The idea is to build a greenhouse-like structure which would house a dozen grass pitches.

The all-weather venue would serve both as a training facility and a centre for education.

Otago Cricket Association chief executive Mike Coggan said they hoped to secure the land at present used as tennis courts near Harbour Tce.

Tennis Otago no longer has need of the land.

At a meeting earlier this month, the Dunedin City Council agreed to form a small working party "to formalise and hopefully support our request to use that bit of land," Coggan said.

"That is the first progress we’ve had since the submission [to the DCC’s annual plan] so that is good."

Coggan said the next step would be "to start looking at what the DCC’s requirements for us are in order to secure that bit of land".

"Then, hopefully, we can put that to bed and look at the next stage."

Coggan said the OCA was not seeking any money from the DCC.

"Hopefully, there might be some support in terms of the land acquisition but in terms of the overall costs that is our responsibility."

Coggan hopes to have a decision regarding the land use within the next month.

All going well, the facility could be operating within three years. He estimates it will cost about $150,000 to maintain the centre.

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