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Basin Reserve scores despite quake cuts

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

AFTER announcements that the Council must slash its budget to accommodate $74 million of earthquake strengthening, the Basin Reserve Trust has been given a major funding increase.
The Trust has bucked the downward economic trend by making a successful application for a funding increase up from $180,000 to $355,000.

According to Wellington City Councillor and Basin Reserve Trust member John Morrison the additional money is needed in order to maintain and operate the cricket ground to international standards.

“When we are running major matches, we’ve got a number of extra costs such as telephones, power, catering and staffing. This, combined with constant maintenance work means that we were running at about a $200,000 to $250,000 deficit,” says Mr Morrison.

Maintenance costs are a major issue for any international sports ground, but especially for the Basin.

Mr Morrison says this is because the ground is also used as the home ground for Old Boys University rugby club as well as being a public thoroughfare during the day.

“We’re very conscience of the fact that it’s an international cricket ground first and foremost.”

 “We’ve talked to New Zealand Cricket on the basis that we place huge value on hosting international fixtures in order to promote the game.

“The Basin Reserve is an integral part of New Zealand cricket history, heritage and future; we hope they view it the same way,” says Mr Morrison.

Mr Morrison says that the funding required, whatever the outcome for the historical icon the Museum Stand, is completely separate to the annual Basin Reserve Trust grant supplied by the council.

“In the perfect world we’d fix it, and life would go on, but we’ll just have to wait and see and make a sensible decision,” says Mr Morrison.

Significant work on outfield draining, as well as planning and building temporary seating to replace the out of action Museum Stand are both necessities prior to this. 

The issue of whether the Stand can be salvaged is in the hands of engineers and earthquake specialists at the moment.
The ground has now been confirmed as one of the test venues for the English tour early next year.

Mr Morrison also revealed that negotiations are in process for the Basin to be a venue for possible Australia Football League matches in future.

“We’re quite open for them to play at the Basin. They’ll play any major matches at the Westpac Stadium, but the Basin could be in the mix as well,” says Mr Morrison.

The Basin Reserve Trust is an organisation that oversees fundraising and preserves the heritage value of the ground and its assets.

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