Grant helps get work off ground

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 13:00 17/12/2012

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Mapua received an early Christmas present when it was revealed the Lotteries Grants Board is giving $184,000 towards the Mapua Hall redevelopment.

The $1.18 million redevelopment is to be put out to tender next week and project leader Graeme Stradling said work should begin by mid-January. The hall committee is aiming to have the hall finished by June.

The committee needed to raise 20 per cent of the $1.18m to qualify for 80 per cent funding from the Tasman District Council but Mr Stradling said the committee was on target to raise 30 per cent, reducing the council's contribution.

Although the committee was thrilled with this month's news, it still needed to keep fundraising for equipment to ensure the hall was attractive to new users in order to be a "viable community business", he said.

The Lotteries grant was 95 per cent of what the committee had applied for and came on top of $20,000 from the Canterbury Community Trust.

The hall and land are all community owned through the Hall Society's charter. The redevelopment project "conserves and expresses the old building and adds extensively to space and amenities".

"It also opens the new facility on to the Mapua Domain, home of the Mapua Easter Fair and community sports activities," said Mr Stradling.

The building work will be preceded by a blessing by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru on January 12.

Meanwhile, a master plan proposal for the Mapua Wharf area, expected to be ready for public consultation by the end of the year, has been delayed.

Council Moutere-Waimea ward councillor Brian Ensor, who chairs a group made up of business and community members working on the project, said it was now expected to be out in the first half of next year.

A consultant working on it had been sick and was also working on the Richmond CBD plan, he said.

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