Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New Brighton’s first Major Building Project underway

Media Release – 21st July 2014

New Brighton’s first Major Building Project underway

– and it’s for the community!!

A $2.3 million building project has begun on the renovation of a Youth & Community Centre in New Brighton – the first major building money to be spent in New Brighton! The Grace Vineyard Beach Campus Building is being extensively renovated to incorporate a multi purpose Youth Gym, Youth Lounge, Crèche and outdoor play area, Music Room, Budget Advice Centre, new toilets, Agency Offices, storage and a new foyer. It has only been made possible because of $1.75 million of funding through major grants from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Christchurch City Council, a Department of Corrections Art Auction and a $450,000 grant from the latest funder to come on board, The Lion Foundation.

The Lion Foundation’s Christchurch based Trustee and Southern Regional Grants committee member, Sarah Smith visited the centre and was impressed by the range of services offered to the New Brighton community, especially the variety of support provided to young people through the many programmes offered. “The building played an important role in the community during the earthquakes so the request to help fund this much needed redevelopment to meet the community’s current needs was an obvious use of the special funds the Lion Foundation has pledged to Christchurch” she said.

The youth workers have already been moved to their new upstairs offices - which has a hint of lime green paint and magnetic walls! The old foyer has been demolished, and the foundations are just being laid in preparation for the large steel beams that will structurally tie the original two buildings together to the new building standards. The Council has granted a Public Use Certificate to allow parts of the building to be used for the many community programmes hosted there, while the building work continues. The building works are expected to be finished by early 2015.

The building is an old, leaky and run-down Dollarwise Supermarket. It has been a community hub for over 20 years, but needed extensive work for it to continue serving its community. Fundraising is still ongoing, to meet the estimated $500,000 shortfall. “We are still interested in talking to individuals, trusts and businesses who are keen to be a part of this legacy project for young people and families on the eastern suburbs” says James Ridpath, Youth Alive Trust Manager. “We’re not building a palace for people to admire - it’s a supermarket of social services that will serve thousands of people in this generation and the generations to come. But we still need help to get there!”

Poto Willams, Christchurch East MP is excited to see money being spent in New Brighton. She said “It's great news for locals who haven't seen a lot of development work in the area in recent years and it's being rebuilt for us to use. It's positive and it's progress!”

Attached:

• Youth & Community Centre Proposal Document
Youth__Community_Centre_Proposal__June_2014.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news