$15,000 push for charity

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014

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The rebuild of the St Vincent de Paul Society charity shop and food bank has received a $15,000 boost from the Timaru District Council.

The existing site in Stafford St South had to be pulled down because of earthquake safety concerns as it reached only 18 per cent of the building code, although during the Canterbury earthquakes it sustained no damage.

The rebuild is expected to cost $500,972, with a $200,000 interest-free loan coming from the society nationally.

Timaru Mayor Damon Odey supported the application because of the large number of letters of support it had and the society's "massive impact on the community" through its food bank and charity shop.

Cr Steve Earnshaw was concerned it would create a precedent for other not-for-profit organisations who have old buildings which will need strengthening.

Cr Kerry Stevens raised concerns about the amount being given: "$15,000 is half of funds available."

Cr Tracy Tierney recommended giving $10,000 instead but in the end $15,000 was agreed to.

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- The Timaru Herald

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