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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>October</strong> <strong>22</strong> <strong>2020</strong> 5<br />

Squash club seeks further funds<br />

• By Avneesh Vincent<br />

BURNSIDE Squash Club<br />

needs another $60,000<br />

to upgrade its changing<br />

room.<br />

THe club has received a<br />

$60,000 grant from New<br />

Zealand Community<br />

Trust for the work. But it’s<br />

only half of what the club<br />

needs, said president Deb<br />

Salisbury.<br />

THe club had applied for<br />

$120,000.<br />

Salisbury said the<br />

changing room was as old<br />

as the building which was<br />

built 50 years ago.<br />

“When you look up<br />

the ceiling of the room,<br />

you can see the exposed<br />

pipes. So not particularly<br />

attractive,” she said.<br />

THe club would now<br />

be seeking to raise the<br />

$60,000 it needs for the<br />

upgrade which could<br />

include fundraising, and<br />

FUNDRAISING: Deb Salisbury hopes upgrading<br />

rooms will attract new members to the<br />

Burnside Squash Club.<br />

a loan that members<br />

would pay off through<br />

subscriptions.<br />

At present, the club has<br />

one toilet each for men<br />

and women with shower<br />

facilities.<br />

THe additional funding<br />

would help with total<br />

expenses like covering the<br />

overhead pipes while other<br />

upgrades would include<br />

an extra women’s toilet, a<br />

men’s urinal, improving<br />

the shower, and replacing<br />

the hot water cylinder.<br />

Aside from health and<br />

safety concerns. She said<br />

the complete makeover of<br />

the changing room to suit<br />

“modern requirements”<br />

would help increase<br />

membership, as the room<br />

looked quite outdated.<br />

Salisbury said that the<br />

upgrade was not possible<br />

until they received the full<br />

amount.<br />

Plans for the upgrade<br />

start early January next<br />

year and would take two<br />

months to complete.<br />

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