Donation boosts upgrade

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2013
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ALEXIA JOHNSTON/Fairfax NZ

TAKING SHAPE: Progress is being made on the Geraldine Historical Society's museum upgrade. Work on the extension project started late last year.

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Expansion of the Geraldine museum has reached another milestone thanks to a $120,900 donation.

The money, donated by The Southern Trust, means the Geraldine Historical Society is now just $30,000 short for the build.

The application for the grant was strongly supported by the Geraldine Licensing Trust. The latest grant joins an earlier grant of $100,000 from the Trusts' Charitable Foundation, which was also supported by the Geraldine Licensing Trust and a commitment of $75,000 from the Community Trust of Mid-South Canterbury.

Society president Alison Hurley said the latest donation would go a long way to helping complete the project.

"It's really exciting. We're making good progress."

She said the project was the work of many people in the community and thanked them for their generosity.

The project has raised $522,000 so far, enough to get the framework of the building under way, she said.

Construction started in early November with a turning of the turf ceremony.

However, work was stopped over the Christmas and New Year period to avoid disrupting campers at the neighbouring holiday park. "We decided not to (continue work) because there were so many people there," Mrs Hurley said.

Despite the break, contractor Walter Watson, of M W and B M Watson, said the build was still on target. "The portal frames are standing . . . the floor joists [have been installed].

"Hopefully by the end of next week we'll have some wall framing to put up downstairs."

He said credit was owed to the suppliers who had "held" their pricing despite cost increases in the industry.

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