Replacement of Dargaville’s Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall Annex after its demolished is to get a hurry-along with an Elected Member working group established to give the project more focus.
Raised in a Notice of Motion by Kaipara District Council Deputy Mayor, Jonathan Larsen at the November Council meeting, the initiative is intended to draw on the knowledge of elected members and coordinate that with council staff and community groups.
The town hall complex was closed early this year after Cyclone Gabrielle exacerbated the long-standing weather-tightness issues, accelerating the building’s deterioration. Since then, the community groups that use it have had to make alternative arrangements.
Some, like the Muddy Waters Gallery, who vacated the old Municipal Chambers to allow the ANZAC Theatre to keep operating, have not yet found alternative accommodation. The Citizens Advice Bureau has also moved to alternative rented accommodation.
Council agreed that Cr Gordon Lambeth, Cr Eryn Wilson-Collins and the Deputy Mayor be on the working party to progress a solution in a timely manner and to return the complex to a fully functional state.
Mayor Craig Jepson commended the Deputy Mayor for bringing the matter to Council.
“Nothing drives change quicker than having a focused approach to something,” says Mayor Jepson.
“I refer back to the people in Tangitaroria who built a successful sports complex and how passionate people getthings done.”
The focus of the working group is separate from a project, funded through the Better Off funding package, to build a community hub. A key focus of the working group will be to look at ways of integrating the council’s Long Term Plan budget with the Government’s Better off Funding and to take recommendations back to Council for decisions.