People power rules. Or so it seems today – if the paper is right, then the Maranui may be about to be saved. We discussed the 5th Scenario here, with some reasonably heated dialogue, but it sounds as though a sensible agreement has been reached.
Under a deal announced today, the club gets ownership of the building, along with $350,000 of ratepayers’ money toward repairs, and will lease the land from the council. Mayor Kerry Prendergast said the council had heeded “the overwhelming message from the public … that the building should be saved”.
Which sounds like the best bit of feedback we’ve had here for a while. It’s a 50/50 deal from the Council – who have split the potential $750k cost and effectively given half to each club. Now all we need to do is get the Lyalls to think again about the design for their clubhouse, for which I suggest an alternative :-)
Lyall Bay members were aggrieved that Maranui could benefit from public funds when their request for $500,000 toward a new building had been refused. However, they have been appeased with the prospect of a grant of up to $350,000 toward the $1.8 million complex, if it includes public toilets and changing rooms. This will allow the council to demolish the existing rundown public facilities on the beachfront.
Of course, if Maranui members were being sharp, they’d whack some public toilets in the base of their clubrooms, and gain some more dollars and another chance to poke the Lyall Bay club in the eye with a blunt stick, but luckily they’re not like that. The best news is that they’ll do it themselves, and that they’ll start by Christmas, with the building back up and running within 18 months. There are a number of fine local craftsmen working and surfing at the bay, and so any concerns about a bunch of cack-handed hacks should be dispelled – the building will now be in safe hands. Just one thing guys: install a set of sprinklers this time, Ok?
Maranui Surf Club chairman Peter Clark said the club had “thought long and hard” about taking back the building, which it handed to the council 10 years ago. “It’s a big responsibility taking on a heritage building and we haven’t made this decision lightly, but we believe this gives us more control over our destiny and we have the support in the community and among our members to look after it long term.”