Lo­gis­ti­cal bat­tle al­most fin­ished

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

The lo­gis­ti­cal bat­tle of host­ing events in one of the Sel­wyn district’s most used venues is near an end with Dun­sandel’s new Com­mu­nity Cen­tre set to open soon.

The new cen­tre be­side the Dun­sandel Sports Cen­tre (DSC) on Tramway Rd will host an of­fi­cial open­ing day and cel­e­bra­tion from 4pm on Au­gust 4.

Dun­sandel Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee (DCC) chair Rus­sell Dalzell said busi­nesses, ratepay­ers, ‘‘lo­cals and ex-lo­cals’’ had raised more than $350,000 to­wards the project.

‘‘The com­mu­nity have re­ally ex­ceeded them­selves.’’

The new hall was a $3.8 mil­lion build, dom­i­nated by a large main hall area. It could be di­vided into a wooden floored dance area and a car­peted lounge area while the back of the hall would be ac­ces­si­ble to trail­ers through a roller door.

Two meet­ing rooms to the side of the hall could be com­bined into each other or the main area. Op­po­site the meet­ing rooms was the bar and com­mer­cial kitchen.

Dalzell said the DCC hoped the hall would be­come self-suf­fi­cient, the in­come gen­er­ated by host­ing events cov­er­ing the costs of main­tain­ing and staffing the fa­cil­ity.

’’We’ve al­ready got two wed­dings booked, at least two con­fer­ences, school pro­duc­tions and a rugby break up,’’ Dalzell said.

When the old hall was dam­aged in the Septem­ber 2010 earth­quake and even­tu­ally de­mol­ished, the com­mu­nity used the DSC as a re­place­ment.

Hall com­mit­tee mem­ber and Dun­sandel Tav­ern owner Karen Stone had been re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing the DSC for 10 years. She said it was hard to fit event and com­mu­nity book­ings along with the mul­ti­ple sport, busi­ness and agri­cul­tural groups who reg­u­larly used the fa­cil­ity.

‘‘It is crazy, and then you get a funeral in the mix. We will pick up more book­ings now. I think we prob­a­bly lost a few by not be­ing able to fit them in.’’

She said the DCC wanted to use the two fa­cil­i­ties along­side each other, al­low­ing for more com­mu­nity evenings to be held in town.

‘‘I wanted to bring more of that to the sports cen­tre, but you couldn’t be­cause there were no free nights.’’

The com­mit­tee was now look­ing to em­ploy an events man­ager for the fa­cil­ity to work around 22 hours a week.

MATTHEW SAL­MONS/STUFF

The new Dun­sandel Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is set to open on Au­gust 4.

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