Stolen iron halts Lions plan to build community garage
Thirty iron sheets which would have completed a community garage disappeared last weekend.
The Te Awamutu Lions are building secure parking for shuttles which enable locals to travel to health appointments.
But $5000 worth of iron sheets covered in a tarpaulin was taken from the construction site.
The sheets weighed around 400kg and were chosen especially to match the exterior of the St John’s hall next door.
Project manager Russell Easton says the garage was due to be completed this month but will now have delays.
He says he hopes insurance will cover the loss.
“But even if we do get the iron back, we’re worried it will be damaged,” he says.
The project has been a community effort between the Te Awamutu Lions, Te Awamutu Community Health Transport Trust and the Anglican Church.
The Anglican Church provided land for the garage behind St John’s Anglican Church near George St.
Community Health Transport Trust provided $20,000 to the project and the Te Awamutu Lions have fundraised $23,000.
Recently members of the Te Awamutu College 1st XV rugby team helped out on the construction site. Once finished, the garage will provide secure parking for the health shuttles which transport locals to health appointments in Hamilton.
Te Awamutu Lions members say the theft of the iron not only affects them, but the whole community.