12 May 2013

Council approves funding for 'risky' facility

8:07 am on 12 May 2013

An Auckland Council-owned company will sell land to help fund a whitewater recreation centre, despite some councillors being concerned the venture is risky.

A majority of councillors voted to let Regional Facilities Auckland put the money that will be raised from the sale of some surplus land towards the project, rather than to pay off some of the company's debt.

But some councillors are strongly opposed to getting involved in the project, which is planned for the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

One councillor, Dick Quax says the facility, which is being developed by the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust, would be great if it works, but the project is very risky.

Another, Christine Fletcher, described the proposal as dodgy, saying it could damage the council's reputation.

But councillor Alf Filipaina says the facility will benefit the local community, particularly children who will be able to take part in water safety courses.

He says the trust has to meet strict criteria and if this does not happen the money will not go towards the project.