Paul Walden requested that his vote against the motion to fund the Oneroa Bowling Club Upgrade of $125k and the following SLIPs be recorded at the October 2012 meeting.
1. Burrell Rd to Lannan Rd weed control 14k
2.Hekerua Zig Zag/Watters Glen weed control $9k
3. Garratt Rd Accessway - weed control $10k
4. McKenzie Reserve planting and signage $10k
5. McKenzie Reserve to Coromandel Rd track 14k
6. Directional signage $8.2k
7. Kazu Nakagawa artwork for new library $15k
8. Purchase of a sculpture for HSOG $15k
9. Cycle lanes on Onetangi Rd $120k
10. Reprint of Waiheke Walkways brochure $12k
11.Swimming Pool feasibility study $35k
Several people have asked me what’s happening to the OBC building. The demise of the Oneroa Bowling Club was unexpected, as was the state of the building and assets when the lease was relinquished. A hand-basin was removed, cabinets ripped off the wall, the kitchen stripped, and important memorabilia thrown away in a rubbish skip. The worst of the asset damage was outside where the functioning water tank and water pump were removed and the water bores capped with concrete. This meant that there was no way of collecting or supplying water to the building, rendering it unusable by the community. The septic area was also malfunctioning. All of these were in violation of the lease conditions.
This left your Local Board having to pick up the tab for repairs so that the building could be retained for community use. A condition assessment of the building revealed considerable work was needed to make the building sound and bring it up to Council’s safety standards. With no other budget available to meet this unexpected expense, the Board voted, by four to one, to use $125k of our SLIPs capex funding to secure the future of this asset for the community.
How the building is to be used in the future is yet to be decided.