Grant real boost for RSA

A $396,000 grant from New Zealand Lotteries has proved a real boost for Mosgiel RSA's redevelopment plans.

The RSA had been planning for many years to upgrade its premises and had been fundraising towards that goal, finance and operations manager Alan Muir said.

Receiving the funding from the Lotteries Community Facility Funding was fantastic and now meant the RSA was confident it could go forward with the project, he said.

Overall, the proposed redevelopment project was estimated to cost $912,000 and the RSA had raised $161,000.

It had also received $28,750 from the Alexander McMillan Trust.

It was confident the remaining amount could be met by fundraising and grant applications, he said.

The redevelopment would result in the old buildings being ''dragged into the 21st century'' with a real focus on being a community ''hub'' for Mosgiel.

''We will be honouring the past but also forging ahead to the future.''

A library would be created to house the RSA's extensive collection of memorabilia.

The hall and food and beverage service for members would remain.

It was hoped work would start in April next year.

- rebecca.fox@odt.co.nz

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