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Support divided on a sports hub using part of golf course

NO clear majority emerged in this week's webpoll which asked, Would you support the development of a sports hub at Rugby Park incorporating part of Gisborne Park Golf Course?

Out of a total of 318 voters, 49 percent or 154 voters said “No”.

In the draft of a sports facility economic case by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti and Trust Tairawhiti, the preferred location for a field sports hub was in Rugby Park/Gisborne Park Golf Club.

It proposed three major “hubs” in the district — an indoor hub, a field sports hub and a water sports hub.

At least 14 locations were considered.

Those who supported the development of a sports hub at Rugby Park incorporating part of Gisborne Park Golf Course in the webpoll totalled 138 votes or 43 percent with 8 percent (26 votes)undecided.

Of the no voters, one asked what would happen to grounds that were being used at present.

Another asked what was wrong with what we had now?

“What research and discussion and agreement with all sports organisations has been done and what is their reaction,” they asked in the comments section of the online poll.

One yes voter said, “Absolutely. It's a sporting resource in waiting and a great opportunity. It's a shame for a few but it seems very under utilised as a golf course and would well serve a much wider community in a sporting hub.

“We can't grow more land so must look for the best use of what we have,” they said.