Com­mu­nity House opened

Groups now to­gether

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By LEE JAMIESON

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the $2.6 mil­lion Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity House on Satur­day brings to­gether un­der one roof more than 14 ‘‘not for profit’’ or­gan­i­sa­tions. The build­ing on Cen­ten­nial Av­enue, Alexan­dra, houses Cen­tral Otago Bud­get­ing Ser­vices, Age Con­cern Otago, Cen­tral Otago District Arts Trust, The Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity Ad­vice Net­work, Jig­saw Cen­tral Lakes, Plun­ket, Catholic So­cial Ser­vices, Angli­can Fam­ily Care Cen­tre, Can­cer So­ci­ety, Alzheimers So­ci­ety, Re­la­tion­ship Aotearoa, Alexan­dra Clyde Union Par­ish, Cen­tral Otago REAP and groups within the Alexan­dra Arts and Crafts In­cor­po­rated. Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tony Lep­per said it was a ‘‘mag­nif­i­cent build­ing that meets the com­mu­ni­ties needs’’. He said it was a part­ner­ship be­tween the com­mu­nity and the Alexan­dra-Clyde-Lauder Union Par­ish the landown­ers and joint oc­cu­piers of the prop­erty. It was de­signed by Parker War­bur­ton Team Ar­chi­tects, com­pleted in less than 12 months and was ready for oc­cu­pa­tion in De­cem­ber. May­oress and chair­woman of the es­tab­lish­ment com­mit­tee Ber­nice Lep­per said devel­op­ment of the build­ing was due to the work of lo­cal com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Breen Con­struc­tion Lim­ited and other sub con­trac­tors. Many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity could say, ‘‘my hus­band, fa­ther or neigh­bour also helped on this build­ing’’, Mrs Lep­per said. ‘‘The build­ing has changed the land­scape of Alexan­dra.’’ A seat po­si­tioned out­side the com­mu­nity house was made by the ‘‘Men’s Shed’’ from ‘‘wood milled from the oak tree that stood on this ground’’. The first min­uted meet­ing for the project took place in Oc­to­ber 2007 and the com­pleted build­ing ‘‘came in on bud­get’’ from ‘‘an ad­justed goal of $3.5 mil­lion to $2.6 mil­lion’’, she said. Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity House man­ager Ca­role Gil­lions said all ten­ants in the build­ing had contributed to dis­plays for the open­ing day. ‘‘It has been a long slog since 2007 but we are fi­nally here,’’ Ms Gil­lions said. The lead fun­der, Cen­tral Lakes Trust, do­nated a to­tal of $1,675,232 to the Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity House Trust . An­other $22,500 went to Alexan­dra So­cial Ser­vices carry out the fea­si­bil­ity study. the

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All go: Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity House trust chair­woman and es­tab­lish­ment com­mit­tee Cen­tral Otago may­oress Ber­nice Lep­per, Alexan­dra-Clyde-Lauder Union Par­ish trea­surer David Dittmer, Alexan­dra Com­mu­nity House man­ager Ca­role Gil­lions and Cen­tral Otago mayor Tony Lep­per and Waitak­iMPJac­qui Dean.

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