Development West Coast, through the Westland District Council, has allocated $1.5 million from the Major District Initiative fund towards the Westland Sports Hub project and will contribute a further $30,000 over three years to help with capital items, maintenance and administration of the facility.
The sporting facilities at Westland High School have long been the base for many sports codes in Hokitika and the wider district. However, the current facilities need major upgrades. The DWC Westland Sports Hub is being developed to address these issues. The project includes covering the outdoor courts, gymnasium improvements, developing a pavilion and major drainage of fields.
“The West Coast has a rich history of sporting success, but the importance of sport to our region goes far deeper than these achievements. Sport has long brought Coasters together, helping build thriving communities across our region,” said DWC chair Renee Rooney.
“We are proud to support this major upgrade of sporting facilities in Hokitika. It will be a big game changer for Westland, benefiting most sporting codes, while importantly bringing our communities closer together.”
Fundraising Chair Angela Keenan said that the fundraising efforts for the facility were still underway, and further naming sponsors were being sought for the facility.