Talks ahead on proposed facility


Plans to establish a multi-purpose facility in Alexandra will be up for further discussion next month.

The proposed facility, which would provide a base for a range of activities, was first raised at a public meeting in September.

Since then, further discussions have taken place in terms of what it would take to get the funding and overall project off the ground, action group member Jolanda Williams said.

In an earlier discussion with The News, Mrs Williams said although Alexandra had Molyneux Stadium, it was not a suitable venue for hosting a wide range of community programmes and events.

Her aim was to help create a new facility in the same area which would cater for other activities people might want to become involved with.

She said, late last week, the key message received so far was that the community needs to be “a big part of this to get it over the line”.

The next meeting will take place at Puna Rangatahi on February 13 at 5.30pm.

An open invitation has been extended to the public.

“Anyone is welcome to come along.”

The action group is made up of about six people.

Mrs Williams said anyone else who wanted to get involved were not obliged to be on the committee.

“They can contribute in any little way. They don’t have to hold a role as such.

“It might be a five-year project, but they might only be able to contribute for one and that would be gold.”

Mrs Williams was pleased with progress so far, particularly as it had only just come together in the months leading up to Christmas.

“It’s not even six months, but we’ve gained a lot of information on what track we need to head [on] to move forward.”

She said the main focus at the moment was to gather information so the action group could make progress.

One of the group’s next steps is to become an incorporated society or charitable trust.

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