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Port Chalmers Foundry Charitable Trust members (from left) Bill and Judy Southworth, Lana Oranje,...
Port Chalmers Foundry Charitable Trust members (from left) Bill and Judy Southworth, Lana Oranje, Kris Smith, Bill Brown and Dougal Stevenson want the Sims building to be restored.PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
A trust that wants a remnant of the once-thriving Port Chalmers shipbuilding industry to be restored has asked the Dunedin City Council to put $700,000 in its budgets to stabilise a bank at the site and to clear any remaining asbestos.

The Port Chalmers Foundry Trust also drew attention to the city council leaving the old Sims Engineering building exposed to the elements for the past four years, after removing its roof.

The trust was formed to save the building at the corner of Beach St and Macandrew Rd.

Trust secretary Kris Smith told city councillors at a 10-year plan hearing yesterday the building could be the only original maritime foundry remaining in New Zealand.

She urged the council to undertake a revised asbestos assessment and she noted contamination had likely dispersed.

"Our offer, once the site is cleaned up, is to take responsibility for fundraising, developing and running the building."

Stabilising the bank could be carried out relatively easily, the trust argued.

It sought reassurance that the council was committed to the project.

The trust could raise money to replace the roof and strengthen the building once the council had completed asbestos removal, the trust said in its submission.

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"A trust that wants a remnant of the once-thriving Port Chalmers shipbuilding industry to be restored has asked the Dunedin City Council to put $700,000 in its budgets to stabilise a bank at the site and to clear any remaining asbestos" well the council are quite happy to be in a billion dollar debt so the money this group is asking for this project should be ok, even more so that this group will be doing most of the work.

 

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