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The public will get its first chance
to explore Winton's new covered
netball covered when the complex
is officially opened this Saturday.
The almost $1.8 million netball
and indoor sports complex has
been six months in construction,
and has involved seven years of
fundraising, with the five-member
committee still looking for another
$100,000 to finish the project.
Covered Courts project convener
Sandra Robb said the opening
would be a great day for everyone
who had contributed.
"It's quite overwhelming really and
now, with the flooring down and all
marked out, it's just incredible.
"When people come along and
see what it's like, I think that
they'll be pretty impressed."
Mrs Robb said the facility would
be appreciated by everyone from
the players who had spent many
winter hours playing netball in the
cold, to the hardy supporters who
had stood on the sidelines in the
rain for many seasons.
"We've had awesome support
from the community because I
think people can see the value of
it," she said.
The Winton Community Board
had been very supportive of the
project because she believed they
realised what an asset it would
be to the Winton community and
"From netball, to tennis and
basketball, there're a lot of people
who will find the courts very
useful," she said.
Although not all netball games
would be able to be played
indoors, the sheer size of the
indoor centre meant that the five
upgraded outdoor courts would be
well sheltered from the elements.
Social games of netball and
tennis, cutting of the ribbon, and
a cup of tea were all planned for
Saturday's opening at 2pm, she
The courts would be in full use
from netball's season opening day
on April 17.
Netball Southland chief executive
Julie Paterson paid her first visit
this week and said she thought
it was amazing the way the
committee had raised the funds
for the facility.
"It's been a massive amount
of money and I've been very
impressed with the coordination
and the manner in which they've
"They wanted it -- and they made it
happen," she said.
"This reflects the strength
of support for netball in this
She also believed the covered
courts would have benefits in the
future in terms of participation.
"Kids have so many options now.
You want to make your sport
attractive and indoor courts will
certainly make that happen."
Netball Southland regional
manager Rosie De Goldi said
because of the central location of
the new complex it would open up
opportunities for Winton to host
tournaments and league games
that might not otherwise have
been played there.
Game on for Winton's new courts
Netball Southland chief executive Julie Paterson (left) and regional manager
Rosie De Goldi with Winton Covered Netball Courts convener Sandra Robb
(right) checking out the new facility which will be officially opened on Saturday.
By Mary Witsey
New playground equipment
destined for Te Anau's popular
Lions Park has been holed up in
an Invercargill warehouse while
building consent issues are
The Te Anau Community Board
agreed in August to spend
$94,980 on new gear for the
playground opposite the lakefront
as part of a three-year programme
to expand and improve the
range of equipment at the
town's recreation areas. It was
anticipated the equipment would
be in place by Christmas.
Southland District Council Te Anau
area engineer Graham Jones said
the 10 new playground pieces
had been stored by the supplier
in Invercargill while the council
sought building consent. Although
councils had authority to issue
building consents to themselves,
the supplier first had to provide
engineering reports on each
piece of equipment.Such
rigorous checks and balances
were a combination of the
Building Industry Authority
requirements and the council's
own procedures, Mr Jones said.
"We've got to have documents
for every single technical
component before we can issue a
The building consent had now
been approved and installation
was due to begin in late April.
Lions Park playground improvements held up by red tape
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