Spruce up for neglected building
What was once a rotting, run down youth centre is now a sprightly spot, thanks to the South Waikato community.
Workers from ABB Limited at Kinleith Mill spent a day in the sun sanding, painting and renovating the exterior of Putaruru Youth Matters’ premises as part of a community project.
Volunteer Chris Soames took to the derelict weatherboards with a water blaster before the team got their hands dirty on Thursday.
The ABB workers provided the tools and manpower while Graham Hartwell provided the painting tresses, Bunnings donated materials, The Putaruru Hire Centre lent scaffolding and Jim McAlister repaired the windows.
Willem Meyer, business unit maintenance manager for the Two Pulp Mill, said the project sounded promising from the start.
‘‘I’ve had a bit of experience with youth centres so when this project came up I knew I had to put it forward.’’
The renovation was one of many worthy projects submitted to the company.
Putaruru Youth Matters trust chairperson Pam Carter said it is fantastic knowing they won’t have to worry about the outside of the building for the next 15 to 20 years. ‘‘It was a mess,’’ she said. With only volunteers to call on it is difficult to find the funds and manpower to achieve something like this, she said.
‘‘We call on family and friends all the time so it’s nice to see someone else in the community helping out.’’
The renovations come at a special time for the organisation which signed off on the ownership papers of the building on Wednesday.
Ms Carter said the trust had been sourcing funds for the building for the past 12 months.
Putaruru Youth Matters opened in 2006 and provides a place for youth between the ages of 13 and 25 to hang out.
The centre aids Putaruru youth in gaining their driver’s licences, amongst other things.
‘‘We’ll do anything to help them move forward,’’ Ms Carter said.
Spruce up: The Putaruru Youth Matters centre is getting a much-needed spruce up.
Keen volunteers: Wayne Harris, left, Dylan Jaffe and Jordan Sutherland help paint the scruffy-looking exterior.
Master painter: Rick Miller is good with the paintbrush.