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Arena Masterplan Steering Group celebrates progress

Thursday February 13 2020

The Central Energy Trust Arena Masterplan Steering Group is delighted with recent confirmation of a $1.078m grant from Central Energy Trust towards the electrical components of the next three masterplan projects.

These projects are:

  • Cuba Street welcoming entrance plaza
  • Speedway pits
  • Embankment redevelopment

These three projects will be delivered concurrently with one a single contractor. A competitive tender process has been undertaken and the preferred tender will be presented to Council in late March. If the tender is accepted, construction is expected to commence in early April.

Chair of the Steering Committee, Mayor Grant Smith said, “This is an exciting time for everyone involved in this significant project for the city. We’re delighted with the designs for these three projects and the value they’ll add to the community.

“The Steering Group has been working tirelessly behind the scenes on developing the Central Energy Trust Arena Masterplan and ensuring the facilities meet the needs of our community. For many, this is done on a voluntary basis representing the views of the community and the facility users. We appreciate their expertise, time and commitment to working together and alongside Council staff to deliver a legacy project for our city and region.”

In September the construction of the artificial turf was completed, delivering a surface that is the first of its kind in the region. In the first three months of its operation, the hours of use are 550 per cent more than compared to the previous turf – and that’s in the off-season.

“The significant increase in usage clearly indicates the value this facility offers to our sporting community,” says Venues Manager John Lynch. “We’re delighted the community is already reaping the benefit of this facility due to the extended operating hours and without the detriment of weather and ground maintenance.”

The members of the Steering Group are:

  • Mayor Grant Smith
  • Councillors Susan Baty, Vaughan Dennison and Leonie Hapeta
  • Rangitāne: Wiremu Te Awe Awe
  • Taneunuiarangi Manawatū Inc: Chris Whaiapu
  • Marist Sports Club: Paul O’Brien
  • Robertson Holden International Speedway: Bruce Robertson and Brian Puklowski
  • Sport Manawatū: Trevor Shailer and Shayne Harris
  • Manawatū Rugby: Shannon Paku
  • Project manager: Warren Wilkes