Central Otago Reap administrator Ruth Arnott helps with the
shift into the Alexandra Community House this week. Photo
by Craig Baxter.
Tenants are moving into the new $2.6 million Alexandra
Community House this week and the facility is already getting
rave reviews. The building, in the grounds of St Enoch's Church
in the centre of Alexandra, is the base for social service
agencies, along with education and arts and crafts groups.
House trust chairwoman Bernie Lepper said the 12 main tenants
were moving in this week and next week and it was ''very
exciting to the see the project completed and just neat to
see people arrive here''. The idea of the complex was mooted
about five years ago and fundraising has been going on for
several years. The site was cleared a year ago and the new
1054sq m building will be officially opened in a ceremony on
Mrs Lepper is the manager of Central Otago Rural Education
Activities Programme (Reap), one of the tenants. Other
organisations based there include the Alexandra Community
Advice Network, the Central Otago Budgeting Service, Plunket,
Relationship Services, Catholic Social Services, Anglican
Family Care, Alzheimers Society, Age Concern, Central Otago
District Arts Trust, Jigsaw, Cancer Society and the Youth
''We've had lots of positive comments so far from people who
like the design of the place and the tenants are more than
happy with it,'' Mrs Lepper said.
''We're also getting calls every day from people wanting to
book rooms for meetings.''
Groups and individuals gave funds for the project with major
grants from the Central Lakes Trust, Lotteries Community
Fund, Transpower, the Otago Community Trust, the Alexander
McMillan Trust, Pub Charities and the Vincent Community
Board. Three buildings on the site were removed or demolished
to make way for the complex, including the church house and
hall and another building known as Ranby House.