Warm storage shed to sort out goods
A draughty and leaking storage shed used to store and sort goods by the Alexandra Salvation Army for more than 20 years is being replaced and will be up and running before the end of winter. Family Store manager Robin Austin said the building behind the hall in Royal Tce which was used as the drop off and sorting area for food and clothing was badly in need of replacement. ‘‘For the amount we would have had to spend on it we were better off rebuilding, so that’s what was done.’’ Building had been underway since Christmas and was hoped to be finished in time for winter, he said. The building would be heated throughout and would provide a warm area where goods could be sorted. There was also a garage for a van and rubbish trailer. Funds had been put aside and donations had been made for the replacement building expected to cost up $80,000, he said. ‘‘It’s probably been made in such a way it could be used for a meeting room at a future date if necessary. It’s big enough to accommodate that sort of situation.’’ Builder Geoff Cowan said the building should be ready for use about mid-July. ‘‘At the moment I’m putting gib-board on the walls inside and once that’s done it’s pretty well finished.’’
Heated up: Salvation Army Family Store manager Robin Austin in front of the new storage shed.