Fundraising for Palmerston North's Globe Theatre makeover has been boosted by an Eastern and Central Community Trust donation of $100,000.
The redevelopment includes a new flat-floor auditorium with seating for 100 people, in addition to the 250-seat main auditorium, a new entrance and a cafe that will also serve Te Manawa.
Donations have also been received from Central Energy Trust and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, with the total redevelopment cost estimated at almost $2 million.
Globe Theatre Trust Board chairman Stephen Fisher said work was planned to begin next month, and be completed before the end of the year.
He said the board wanted to have all the required funding in place before construction begins.
The Palmerston North City Council has set aside $830,000 in its annual plan for the building, while the trust board is in charge of the fitout.
Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor said he was thrilled about the donation.
It comes on top of a $500,000 donation from New Zealand Lotteries Commission and $300,000 from the Central Energy Trust.
"All three donations highlight the respect with which the Globe is held and what a great project the redevelopment is."
The Eastern and Central Community Trust has also made an $8000 donation to the Anglican Parish of Oroua for renovation of the Feilding church hall, including sanding and polishing the floors and replacing spouting and drain pipes. Work on the church involves replacing putty around almost 100 panes of glass to secure and protect them.
Other groups receiving a share of $162,000 in grants were the Manawatu Triathlon Club ($3500) and Manawatu Supergrans.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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