Inspecting progress on the $1.5 million extension project
are (from left) Breen Construction foreman Phill Studholme,
building committee chairman Donald Urquhart and treasurer
Peter Hook. Photos by Rob Christie.
Demand for the Lake Hawea Community Centre as a function
venue is growing, thanks to a major extension, which is
scheduled to be completed in February.
The $1.5 million redevelopment of the centre - the hub of the
growing Lake Hawea community - was progressing well, building
committee treasurer Peter Hook told the Otago Daily
While construction was about a week behind schedule because
of the number of wet weather days during the past few months,
the main contractor, Breen Construction Co Ltd, anticipated
"catching that up" once the roof went on in the next next
couple of weeks, Mr Hook said.
The centre was built at Peter Fraser Park in 1991 and
extended in 1997 with the addition of a library and meeting
room. Work began on the latest expansion in June, after
several years of planning and fundraising by the centre's
Work continues on the Hawea Community Centre extension
The project will double the size of the centre, adding a
new community hall which will hold more than 300 people, a
smaller multi-function space, and a commercial kitchen and bar.
This week, the library will be relocated into the former
community hall at the other end of the complex. The new-look
larger library will operate in its new space from next week.
Building committee secretary Linda Osborne said bookings and
inquiries for weddings and other events at the hall had
increased noticeably, as people realised what the redeveloped
facility would offer.
The project has a combination of funding sources, including
nearly $100,000 raised by the centre's committee and a
$700,000 grant from major supporter the Central Lakes Trust.
Fundraising efforts are ongoing for furnishings, landscaping
and car parking.