Funding sought for Edendale community centre

Edendale residents support a new community centre, which will be built once funding has been found, Edendale Community Board chairman Neil Irwin says.

A feasibility study commissioned by Southland District Council and conducted by the Southern Institute of Technology included a telephone survey of Edendale residents which found more than 70 per cent were in favour of a community centre, Mr Irwin said following a board meeting on Wednesday night.

Applying for funds was the next step in the process, he said.

‘‘We're making applications for funding. The first round of applications have been done for funding to the Community Trust of Southland and then other funding organisations will be contacted in the New Year,'' Mr Irwin said.

The cost of a new community centre in Edendale would be about $700,000, he said.

There were two possible sites for the new community centre being discussed.

One was at the site of the Edendale Town Hall in Brydone St, and the other at the Edendale Recreation Showgrounds, Mr Irwin said.

Also discussed at the meeting was the progress of the water and sewerage upgrades in Wyndham and Edendale.

Contractors had finished laying sewerage and water pipes in Edendale and were now laying pipes in Wyndham that would be connected to residential properties in the 2009/10 year, Mr Irwin said.

‘‘When it [sewerage and water scheme] actually gets operating is an unknown,'' he said.

Water testing in Wyndham and Edendale was under way, but until a source of water had been found for the new water system, the logistics of how the system would work was not known, Mr Irwin said.

If two water sources were found then two treatment stations would have to be built, he said.

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