Trust funding ensures new roof


A Clutha community centre will soon get a long-awaited makeover, after a large funding boost was provided by the Otago Community Trust.

The Clinton Community Centre committee will now end more than a year of waiting to begin work on re›roofing the centre, thanks to the extra $16,000 now available.

Committee chairman John Cochrane said the roof was the original roof from 1963 when the centre opened.

‘‘The remainder of the funding that we required, because it’s $25,000 to re›roof the hall, came from a lamb drive, which we conducted this time last year.

“That’s where the farmers donate a lamb and the committee goes round and gathers them up to be processed at Silver Fern Farms on behalf of the centre,” Mr Cochrane said.

The project had been in the works for a long time, subject to involved funding application processes.

“We probably started talking about it 18 months ago.

‘‘You need to get more than one quote to satisfy the funding needs and you can’t apply for funding retrospectively.

‘‘Until we knew we had the funding, we couldn’t actually do anything about the project.”

He said fundraising was continuing, as the committee planned to put in a new sound system in the hall and some new heaters in the conference room.

“The speakers will be Bluetooth with some TV monitors placed strategically around the hall to service a funeral or some of these other needs that corporations use it for.”

He said the hall was often a central meeting spot for people from different parts of Otago.

“The hall is used quite frequently due to its placement between Dunedin and Invercargill and Alexandra.”

Mr Cochrane said not much could have been achieved without the backing of the Clinton community.

“We’re very fortunate that we live in a very supportive community.

‘‘We’ve got the Clinton Lions Club who have always backed the community centre.”