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Grassroots sport facilities will deteriorate, if Auckland Council reduces investment

Grassroots sport facilities will deteriorate, if Auckland Council reduces investment

North Shore Times:

Community sport is facing the “severe risk” of a funding cut from Auckland Council, according to the region’s sports administrators.

Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation chief executive officer Sarah Sandley said a “cash-strapped” Auckland Council could reduce investment in the sport sector “to virtually nothing” over the next 10 years, as the council focuses on housing, water supply and waste water, transport, libraries and the arts, in its Long-term Plan.

Early next year the council will be holding public consultation on a review of the Long-term Plan, and Sandley is encouraging club managers, coaches and committees, as well as “everyday Aucklanders”, to have their say.

“It is critical for all of us to make our voices heard and get involved in protecting sport and recreation investment under the Long-term Plan,” Sandley said.

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