Improvements for the Social Centre

Friday June 28, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Surfer Donald Hallin showcases his skills on his home break at the Social Centre in Nikao. CHARLOTTE PIHO. 19012307 Surfer Donald Hallin showcases his skills on his home break at the Social Centre in Nikao. CHARLOTTE PIHO. 19012307

Sports and community groups have this week learned about a masterplans to redevelop Nikao Social Centre with improved public facilities, infrastructure and coastal protection.

 

Long-term, there are hopes to create a market there.

“This is all about beautifying the place with a social vision that it could become a marketplace for the mamas in the community in the future,” said Anne Taoro, manager of government facilities development at the Cook Islands Investment Corporation.

Residents raised questions about land ownership, during this week’s three presentations for the local Tapere Pokoinu, the sporting codes, and the wider community and public this week.

The questions of engagement with land-owners has come to the fore after problems with earlier projects like Te Mato Vai.

Taoro said there was no issue with land-owners – they supported the initiative.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation-led project is intended to be the long-term vision to guide improvement to public facilities, infrastructure and coastal protection measures going forward.

Through the presentations, the Investment Corporation hoped for feedback and input on the draft over the next two weeks.

Taoro said the responses received from the members of the public were positive.

“This is something that they have been waiting for a while now and they say this could be the platform to establish a social centre they would like to see in 20 to 50 years’ time,” she said.

“It will also look into improvements of facilities such as toilet, the walkway, the beach area.”

Taoro said the presentation with the sports codes allowed them to exchange ideas on how they could support each other in making this masterplan work efficiently.

“The masterplan is not just for the beach side, it also incorporates the sporting facilities on the other side of the road.

“The sports code want to develop their own codes and they see there is an opportunity to do that within this boarder masterplan.”

A second draft of the masterplan will be developed from the feedback and input for another public consultation before the final draft is put to Cabinet for its endorsement.

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