Crowds inspect progress on community hub

Members of the public were able to see the progress made on the Wanaka Community House during its...
Members of the public were able to see the progress made on the Wanaka Community House during its second open day. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
Hundreds of residents and visitors were estimated to have passed through the doors of the unfinished Wanaka Community House on Saturday during its second open day.

The $3.8million community hub at the corner of McDougall Rd and Upton St has reached the finishing stages with interior painting and landscaping about to start.

Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust chairwoman Dame Sukhi Turner has been involved with the project since it began in 2011 and said she believed it could rival the Lake Wanaka Centre as a venue and meeting place.

"It is a unique building and on a scale that is really going to make a difference to Wanaka,'' she said.

Long-time Wanaka resident Neville Dippie was one of the first to walk around the offices, reception area and auditorium on Saturday and thought it was ``marvellous''.

"Just about every resident in Wanaka will use this building at some stage - they possibly don't know it, but they will do,'' he said.

"It will be a wonderful asset.''

Dame Sukhi said she hoped to have another open day before centre was officially opened on November 2.

The trust was still $700,000 to $800,000 short of the target but donations were still coming in, she said.

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