- 2018 Player Registration
To all Members
Some of you may already know that Auckland Council has recently released for consultation their Draft 10 year Plan for the city. The document remains open for submissions from the public until 28 March 2018.
As a community club, actively involved in the provision of sport and recreation services to our community, we were particularly interested in reviewing what financial resources Council were planning to direct towards the already well documented shortage of sports facilities within the city environs.
Unfortunately, upon review, the draft plan fails to provide sufficient investment into sport and recreation that allows for existing facilities to be upgraded and maintained, whilst also funding new facilities in growth areas. Given the city’s mantra of becoming the “world’s most liveable city” and the projected growth in population, we believe that this is an untenable position for Council to take.
The membership at Ellerslie Football have benefitted over the past 5 years from significant ratepayer investment in new facilities, including the artificial turf, floodlighting and lower field remediation work. However, we remain committed to put together the final stage of our redevelopment strategy, being new amenities and clubroom.
This planning process is a political minefield. Typically, the people who shout loudest get priority. As a consequence, we would like to invite you to make an individual submission on the need for Council to increase their investment in sport and recreation, and how that specifically relates to Ellerslie Football. This can be done by going to www.akhaveyoursay.co.nz There is no specific question on sport and recreation so add your comments under “Question (7) Any other feedback” (with a heading “Sport and Recreation”)
To assist you, we would like to suggest some basic themes that may help in formulating a submission :
Remember that your submission must be in by 28 March 2018. Please have your say as the weight of submissions can only assist us in providing the quality of facilities at Ellerslie that we all desire.
Mark B. Weipers - President