New pool and fitness centre in Naenae
· Maidstone sports hub
Local infrastructure projects in the Hutt including a pool and fitness centre and a sports hub have received Government backing today.
The Government has invested $39 million in two projects to help local councils progress community projects to support about 275 jobs and the regional economy.
“As our local communities recover from the effects of Covid-19, we are supporting the facilities they rally around like pools and sports hubs, which create a range of jobs and make them great places to live,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said while visiting the region today.
The Naenae pool has been closed since April 2019 due to earthquake concerns and with more than 400,000 admissions a year lost, local businesses are also noticing a decline in customers.
“The Government’s $27 million investment, with co-funding from the local council, will help the demolition and new construction get under way, creating upwards of 200 jobs.
“Across the country we are backing shovel-ready infrastructure projects as part of our 5-point economic plan to keep New Zealand moving: by investing in people, creating jobs, preparing for the future, supporting small businesses and positioning New Zealand globally,” Jacinda Ardern said.
The funding announced today is part of the $3 billion infrastructure package in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones on July 1. The fund is expected to deliver more than 20,000 jobs across New Zealand and unlock investment with a project value of more than $5 billion, with about 60 projects announced to date.
All approvals are in principle and subject to contract negotiations. Investment values are also subject to change.
Media contact: Clare-Louise Chapman 021 436 257
· New pool and fitness centre in Naenae – $27m & 200 jobs. Final planning to begin shortly, with building work to begin in June 2021.
The project begins the demolition of the current earthquake prone Naenae Pool + Fitness building in Everest Avenue Naenae, Lower Hutt and construction of a new Aquatic and Fitness facility that meets the needs of the community and wider city now and into the future.
The new facility would:
• Provide for the swimming, fitness and aquatic needs of residents of the Naenae catchment area
• Create bumping spaces both internal and external of the facility, which offers opportunities for residents and users to interact, socialise and connect.
• Meet the minimum requirements, where possible, for activities such as competitive swimming, waterpolo, canoepolo and underwater hockey
• Fits within the existing Hutt and Wellington Region aquatic network
• Aligns with council’s sustainable and environment strategies
• Aligns with council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Strategy
• Supports and connects with the town centre and integrates with the spatial plan
· Maidstone Sportshub – $12m & 75 jobs. Final designs to begin in two weeks and work due to begin in early 2021.
This project will complete the development of the sports facilities and buildings at Maidstone Park, as well as establishing a “sports hub” to accommodate all sporting codes currently situated at the park (plus consolidating some currently located elsewhere).
This will provide modern facilities in a central location with associated ancillary facilities such as improved parking, a new grand stand, public recreation spaces and a newly upgraded regionally significant playground and skate park (separate project).