New community centre nearer to completion

Last updated 05:00 17/03/2014

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A new community centre is taking shape in Hamilton's north west thanks to local initiative and the Waikato Anglican Diocese.

Susanne Rowse, Te Rongopai Community Trust chairwoman and wife of minister Joel Rowse, said the nearly $1 million project began late last year and was due to be completed in July.

The Good News Community Centre would be based around the diocese trust-owned St Marks church, corner Dominion Rd and Breckons Ave, and was planned to greatly expand the activities and services which had been provided from the old church hall, Mrs Rowse said.

"Last year we moved the church building and the old vicarage to create more space. The new facility will include a hall, kitchen, lounge, meeting room and office space.

"The aim is to help provide service in the Crawshaw area. We have a number of projects and social services which will run from the centre, including clubs and groups providing social and physical activity." Funding the project had been a challenge and the trust still had about $90,000 to find. Key sponsors so far have included the D V Bryant Trust, Trust Waikato and Wel Energy Trust.

The local Anglican community in the area, including Dinsdale, Forest Lake and Crawshaw-Nawton, has made pledges totaling about $400,000. Mrs Rowse said the project had enjoyed great support from project managers the Brymer Group.

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- Waikato Times


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