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The establishment of a council-controlled charitable trust to own and develop the Taita community centre and Fraser Park sportsville promises several advantages over direct council administration, says Matt.
He says the Community Facilities Trust proposal, endorsed in March, will keep these developments in community ownership and strengthen community ties.
“Trustees will be drawn from people in our community with business, asset management, sport, education and other experiences. Critical will be having trustees who share a strong affiliation for our communities and city. As well as having a more business-focused management approach, the trust will have a greater ability to attract community funding and greater scope to develop partnership opportunities.
“The council’s aim is to help significantly improve recreation and other community services and facilities for our residents, as well as help support the long-term sustainability of community groups and organisations, including sports clubs, which continue to operate in a difficult financial environment.”