Money for Plun­ket base

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

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