Balclutha War Memorial Hall project progressing

Hub ... Balclutha War Memorial Hall working group chairman Ken Payne. PHOTO: ELLA STOKES


Creating a multi-use venue purpose-built for the community is the aim behind the Balclutha Memorial Hall upgrade.

The grassroots community-led project to create a “Community Hub” in the hall started more than 10 months ago.

Chairman of the Balclutha War Memorial Hall Working Group Ken Payne said following surveys and community consultation over the past few months, the group was now reviewing what the community would like to see created.

The recent formation of the Clutha Community Hub Charitable Trust will allow the project to receive funding and create a leadership group.

Mr Payne said he wanted to see the hub used as a meeting place for people from across the whole of the Clutha district.

“We want to work with all groups, and create a space that caters to a range of users across all ages and cultures.”

The project would be paid for by Clutha District Council, funding grants and fundraising, Mr Payne said.

“The hall is getting older. It deserves a new lease on life.”

Mr Payne said there was a lot of work to be done and it was not going to take five minutes but, following community input, planning could now start.

“We will do our best to cater for all .. it is likely to have a social aspect as well as business, recreation and sporting.”

A common theme of community feedback was that both the kitchen and heating needed to be upgraded.

Mr Payne said he was keen to get on with the job and saw it being a five-year project.

Creating the hub would future proof not only the building, but the town as well, he said.