More hub feedback call


Feedback is still being called on for a proposed community hub in Omakau.

Plans for the multi-purpose facility, which has been on the drawing board since 2019, are still being welcomed by community and Central Otago District Council representatives who have led the project.

The project, estimated to cost more than $2 million, will be designed with existing and future groups in mind, for the benefit of the wider community.

It will replace the earthquake-prone memorial hall and ageing amenity facilities in the town’s domain.

Central Otago District Council community development officer Nikki Aaron was on hand to answer questions at the Central Otago A&P Show earlier this month, where designs for the facility were also on display.

‘‘The idea is we can start to visualise what it will look like and get an idea of what is important [to the community].’’

Feedback so far has included the need for meeting spaces and toilets.

She said the next stage was to get a core group of people from the community to help take the project to the next stage.

‘‘It’s a community initiative; we need them to come and make it happen.’’

The level of ratepayer funding that could contribute to the project has yet to be determined, but will possibly be up for consultation in the council’s long term plan, subject to elected members’ approval, she said.

‘‘At this stage council plans to call for feedback on this between Friday, 26 March and Sunday, 25 April.’’