New amenities plan for Omakau

The Vincent Community Board has approved a new amenities building for the Omakau Recreation Reserve, which has experienced a "huge influx" of campers during the Christmas holiday period in recent years.

Omakau Recreation Reserve Committee president Sandy Wilson estimated about 800 people camp in the reserve during the Christmas period and credits the number to the success of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

"Ten years ago [we] wouldn't even get 100 people."

At present there are only six toilets and showers - three for males and three for females.

The proposed new building will consist of an office, laundry and storeroom, 11 coin-operated showers including a paraplegic shower, nine toilets including a paraplegic toilet, 12 basins and two urinals.

Because it is a recreation reserve, the committee needed to apply to the Vincent Community Board and the Minister of Conservation for approval.

At a recent meeting the community board approved the proposed building and resolved to support any funding applications which means the project will form part of the Long Term Plan.

The board also approved an application to the minister which would allow the committee to start fundraising.

The project is estimated to cost $210,000 plus GST. The group expects to apply to local trusts for funding.


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