SPCA's new building on target and budget
Southland SPCA will celebrate the opening of its new $1.9 million building on February 1.
Southland SPCA subcommittee Animal Ark co-chairwoman Karen Sturman said construction had gone smoothly, with no delays or added costs.
"We are still hoping for a December or January finish and will move in then, but the open day will be in February," she said.
The open day celebrations would include tours for the public, a barbecue and "hopefully animal face painting", she said.
"Sometime in the morning Louis Crimp will cut the red ribbon and officially open the new building."
Mr Crimp donated $1 million to the SPCA to help finance the rebuild while community members and groups have donated the remaining amount.
Southland SPCA chairwoman Rachel Hucklebridge said the building had cost $1.9m but the organisation was still fundraising for interior needs.
"The complex was designed for us to keep maintenance and running costs at a minimum.
"For example we have installed solar panels on the roof to lower our energy costs," she said
Yesterday the Freemasons Charity donated $3115 to buy new white goods for the organisation.
The funds were raised from a celtic dinner and concert fundraiser held by the Freemasons. The new complex will replace the dilapidated SPCA complex located off the Bluff highway just outside Invercargill.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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