Funding work on new Omakau hub progressing

Pam Harrex, of Lauder, checks out the plans for the proposed Omakau Hub at an information session...
Pam Harrex, of Lauder, checks out the plans for the proposed Omakau Hub at an information session on Sunday. PHOTO: JULIE ASHER
Work is progressing on funding a community hub in Omakau a meeting in the town heard on Sunday.

Manuherekia Valleys Charitable Trust Omakau hub project chairman Andrew Paterson gave an update to about 30 people in the Omakau rugby club rooms.

While the total expected cost of the 921sqm building was between $4.2million and $5.2m, it was not as daunting as it sounded, Mr Paterson said.

There was already more than $1.7m in the coffers, and major funders, including Central Lakes and Otago Community Trusts and Lotteries, had yet to be approached.

The Central Otago District Council had committed $1m, and part of the proceeds of the now closed Omakau hall, he said.

Sponsorship and donations for the interior fit out and landscaping would be sought and reduce the total cost.

Many more fundraising ventures were planned, from engraved tiles to be laid around the concrete paths surrounding the hub building to sponsorship including naming rights for those donating more than $20,000.

The hub would replace the Omakau hall, toy library and rugby club rooms.

It would have a hall seating 200, a meeting room, commercial kitchen, bar, changing rooms and house the toy library and a gym.

Mr Paterson was asked if the committee had considered running a town and country club from the building since the Omakau hotel was closed.

It was something that would depend on licencing and staffing costs, he said.

"First and foremost our aim is to get the building built and go from there."

A fundraising golf match — a nine-hole ambrose — would be held at Omakau golf club tomorrow [friday may 24] with teeoff at 11am.