20 September 2017
Clarence Street Theatre Trust will receive $150,000 to strengthen its building following this month’s meeting of Hamilton City Council’s Community and Services Committee meeting.
The trust was gifted the theatre as part of the Council’s Theatres Review, which spanned 2013 and 2014. The trust has been operating the theatre since then, and has exceeded its obligations – including occupancy and use - under the Deed of Gift with the Council.
At yesterday’s meeting, the Committee agreed to a one-off $150,000 grant which the trust will use to carry out essential earthquake strengthening of the back-of-house areas.
The other two significant items dealt with by the Committee yesterday related to a proposed Matariki sculpture for Ferrybank, and commitment of funding for two playground projects in the city’s northeast.
The Matariki sculpture – an imposing 5m high steel structure that will have interactive lighting and fit well into the riverside enhancements planned - will progress to Stage Two of the Council’s Public Art Development Process. This means Wintec, which has proposed the sculpture, can now advance detailed design and planning. The proposed sculpture will be funded by Wintec and other partners, and has been developed in consultation with the Council’s Kaumatua Tame Pokaia and Wintec Director Maaori Hera White. The exact location of the proposed sculpture will be discussed with the Council’s staff to ensure it is compatible with the Ferrybank Development Plan.
By majority vote, the Committee also agreed to fund two playground developments in the city’s northeast: $150,000 to Te Huia and $1,006,000 to Hare Puke which is made up of $906,000 funding from the Council approved in the current LTP and $250,000 for external funding. The Council funding committed comes from budget allocated in year three of the 2015-2025 10-Year Plan. Staff will now consult with the community on the playground designs, with a view to beginning construction in 2018.
Editor’s note: This advisory is issued for information purposes only, and should not be considered the formal minutes of the meeting.