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Good things take time, just ask the many people behind the doors of the new Wanaka Community Hub.

The $3.8million facility, which was opened by Sir Tim Wallis on November 2, had been a “long road”, but worth the journey, hub manager Gina Treadwell said.

About 800 people attended the opening celebrations and others have since visited the facility to make use of the services it offers.

Overall, the feedback had been fantastic, she said.

“It serves so many purposes. We didn’t have a hub in Wanaka so it really is a central point for all residents.

“The response has been unbelievable.”

Welcome . . . Wanaka Community Hub manager Gina Treadwell is among the many people now working from the centre, which opened this month. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

A range of community and government organisations are based at the hub permanently, and space is available for people as and when they need it.

Ms Treadwell said since opening the doors her days have been spent fielding requests from people wanting to book meeting space.

She said while there were some initial nerves as to “whether or not [The Wanaka Community House Trust] did the right thing”, it was now apparent it had.

“There is a real need for service space and event space. There is a real shortage .. for that.”

There was still some work yet to be done to raise the $700,000 required.

“We’ll be applying for further grants and [we have] extra events planned for next year.”

The hub is next to the St Columba’s Anglican Church, in McDougall St.

 

The Wanaka Community Hub includes:

  • Community Networks/Link
  • Upper Clutha Anglican Parish
  • Family Works Presbyterian Support Otago
  • Central Lakes Family Services
  • Southern District Health Board
  • Volunteering Central
  • Cancer Society
  • Anglican Family Care
  • Community Care Trust
  • Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children
  • Reap
  • Wanaka Foodbank
  • Wanaka Arts Society