Stolen iron halts Lions plan to build com­mu­nity garage

Waikato News - - News - Bethany Tiddy

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.

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