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10 October 2017
More than 40 community projects have been put forward for potential inclusion and funding in Waipa District Council's 10-Year Plan.
In July Council called on community groups to formally put up the proposals they wanted funded over the next decade. Forty-three proposals have been received.
Strategic projects team leader Conan Magill said ideas had come in from a range of groups including local sports clubs, volunteer organisations and charitable trusts.
"There are several requests to upgrade sports facilities as well as some road improvements. We've had proposals to support economic development, cycleways and walkways and initiatives for art and history enthusiasts," he said.
"There have also been a couple of projects around community safety and social services."
Magill said all of the proposals would be put in front of the mayor and elected councillors who would consider them against other funding priorities. In some instances, more information might be required and if so, groups would be contacted directly, he said.
Work is already well underway to pull together the draft Plan which will guide spending and investment priorities in Waipa over the next decade. Council has already signalled it will need to spend an extra $100-plus million on water, wastewater and stormwater services. It has also floated the idea of a Te Awamutu-based Waipa 'discovery centre' but said any proposal must stack up against other projects.
Once the draft 10-Year Plan is finalised in early 2018, it will be put to the Waipa community for feedback. Final decisions, including what is and isn't included, will be made by elected councillors in mid-2018.
Proposals for projects and potential funding were received from:
Cambridge Brass Band, Pirongia Plunket, GB and NE How Trust, Cambridge BMX Club, Cambridge Road residents, Ngahinapouri Community Group, Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust, Ohaupo Community Sport and Recreation Centre Steering Group, Rangiaowhia Hall Society, Waikato Farmers' Market Trust, Cambridge Heritage Charitable Trust, Club Kaha, Ngahinapouri Cricket Club, Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust, CommSafe, Cambridge Tree Trust, Kihikihi Police House and Temple Cottage Trust, Te Awamutu Rowing Club, Cambridge Disabled Sheltered Workshop, Te Awamutu Primary School, Cambridge Cricket Association, Cambridge Safer Communities Trust, Cambridge Community Marae, Puahue Community Hall Improvement Committee, Cambridge Rowing Club, Purekireki Marae, Pirongia Heritage and Information Centre, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Football Club, Waipa Mountainbike Club, Cambridge Community Board, Destination Cambridge, Cambridge Junior Rugby and Community Sports Club.
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