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Work on Community Facilities in Kaiapoi and Woodend Approved by Council
Friday, 10 August 2012
At their August meeting earlier this week, Waimakariri District Councillors delivered some good news for Kaiapoi and Woodend residents.
Council approved contracting Higgs Builders for extension work to the Woodend Community Centre and also approved additional funding for the main extension works and landscaping. The improvements and extensions mean that, once completed, the centre will have two new meeting rooms with a capacity of 75 people each with the ability to be combined to allow a single room capacity of 150.
Additional kitchen facilities and upgraded toilet facilities to address the extra capacity are also included, as are car parking and landscaping. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.4million. The anticipated completion date for the extension work is March next year.
The Kaiapoi Community Centre in Sewell Street has had $200,000 from the Council’s Earthquake Recovery Loan approved for earthquake strengthening work following its partial closure in June. The building essentially consists of two different constructions, the newer part dating from 2004, and the older side which was closed down.
Work on the earthquake strengthening of the Kaiapoi Community Centre is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks and to be completed by the end of October. The work will bring the building up to 100% of New Building Standard (NBS).
The closure of part of the building in June left the Darnley Club and the Plunket organisation without an operating base in Kaiapoi so the approval will come as welcome news to them.
The Council’s Manager, Community & Recreation, Craig Sargison has welcomed the decision. “Both these projects represent a significant step forward in the recovery process as far as community facilities are concerned”, he said. “For a large number of people in the district, the continuing loss of a number of different community facilities has been hard to bear, so it’s heartening to know that such tangible signs of recovery are now occurring”.
Manager Community and Recreation
Phone: (03) 311 8900 or (03) 327 6834
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