Money for Plunket base
The Eden-Albert Community Board has come to Sandringham Plunket’s rescue by putting almost a quarter of a million dollars towards a new building.
The Plunket branch operated in a council building on Sandringham Rd for more than 50 years before it burned down in a suspected arson attack in 2007.
The new building will be larger than the original and will cost almost $400,000.
Insurance claims recovered $166,400, based on property values in the 1980s.
In terms of replacement value, it was under-insured by more than $100,000.
The community board has requested that the Auckland City Council’s finance and strategy committee reimburse the board’s small local improvement projects budget for the shortfall.
It has also alerted other community boards about under-insured council assets.
Sandringham-Kingsland Plunket vice-president Deidre Cochrane says the branch is pleased work will soon begin after operating for two years in a temporary office at St Martin’s Church.
She says they now have to focus on raising $100,000 for furniture, equipment and landscaping.
So far the branch has $12,000 from contents insurance and $5000 from member donations.
“We’ve got a lot more fundraising to do but everything’s been working well since the community board became involved last year.
“We’re fully involved in all decisions which is great because we will get a building perfect for our needs.”
The new Plunket building will be ready for families in November.