Community centre job in jeopardy
The Avondale Community Board is preparing to come to the rescue if funding is not allocated for renovations to the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre.
The Auckland City Council set aside $330,000 to upgrade the centre in 2011, with the cost of stage one estimated at up to $115,000.
Improvements would be done to toilets, office space and the centre’s kitchenette.
But that job and other projects around the city, could be ditched at the council’s long-term planning meeting later this month.
As a result centre comanager Graham Edwards asked the board at its October meeting to consider funding some of the redevelopment if council funding is cut.
“I would request that your weight goes behind this so it does get actioned,” he said.
Avondale Community Board chairman Duncan Macdonald says he thinks the board should help but shouldn’t have to provide the entire cost.
“I don’t think we should be responsible for all of it, but we would look at helping.”
Mr Macdonald says he’s wary of the board using its $1 million budget all at once because it has to last the three-year term.
“We need a large chunk of money for Heron Park so we’ve got to be a bit careful about how we spend it.
“We promised to do that work when they decided it wasn’t needed for State Highway 20,” he says.
Councillor Nolene Raffills says she would support funding for the centre from the board’s small local improvements fund.
While she feels the improvements at the centre would be worthwhile, Mrs Raffills says the council has to take a city-wide view, as well as focusing on the needs of communities.
A council spokeswoman says there was some work done at the centre in mid-2007 at a cost of $150,000.
The work included painting the outside of the building, resealing the main hall floor, fixing roof leaks and rails, extending the main stage and installing a new disabled toilet.
A number community groups use the centre for a range of classes, from Chinese language to watercolour painting.
The board will wait for the outcome of the council’s 10 year plan discussions before making a decision.