November 05, 2020
Free entry boosts community facility use
A south Auckland councillor is questioning the council’s user pays approach to community facilities.
Angela Dalton says discussion of the Long Term Plan has highlighted critical under-investment in the sports grounds and other facilities inherited from the various councils that come into the super city.
While some tough decisions need to be made on what is the council’s core business, the approach of officials is to maintain a user-pays approach – and then using the failure of Māori and Pacific people to use facilities to justify closing them down.
She says the action of the Manurewa Local Board in removing fees from a little-used facility in Clendon shows other approaches are possible.
"Over the past few weeks they have had 300 Māori and Pasifika rangatahi in there, active, playing sport and connecting so this is about the model council has not working for our people," Ms Dalton says.
She says a lot of the information put before councillors doesn’t seem to reflect the community’s desired outcomes.
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