Community house begins to take shape

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Wanaka will soon have a new space to enjoy as the Upper Clutha Community House in McDougall St begins to take shape.

Newly-appointed establishment manager Gina Treadwell said construction was progressing well, with a completion target of September.

When completed, the building would house 40 different community organisations, including Community Networks Wanaka, Volunteering Central, Cancer Society and Jigsaw Central Lakes.

“Anything that you know is in town will be in here.”

The building had three distinct areas, with offices and meeting rooms at one end, a large central reception, and a hall at the opposite end.

Two meeting rooms and a hall space would be available for groups to book.

The aim was to keep 10% of the space set aside for other groups to be able to use casually.

“That is what is so nice about it. It really is a community hub.

“We have got a wonderful reception area, space for people to come and sit and have a coffee, and we’ve got this wonderful auditorium which will seat 150 people, which could be used for all sorts of things.”

Conferences, weddings, funerals, music, performances, art exhibitions and more could take place at the new building, Ms Treadwell said.

“It just gives the community another space – a wonderful space, and we know we are short of spaces.”

Individuals and groups had made an “amazing effort” raising about $3million to date, which was “phenomenal”, but there was still about $1 million to raise, she said.

“Fundraising is a big one for us . it is really important for people to realise we are not there yet.”

Specific fundraising activities were being planned, plus people who wanted to give could visit wanakacommunityhouse.org.nz/make-a-donation.