Council Makes Commitment to New Manaia Facility

Council Makes Commitment to New Manaia Facility

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) made a strong commitment to Manaia at Monday nights (26 February) meeting, when it approved funds of up to $1 million to go towards rebuilding the Town’s Hall.

South Taranaki Mayor, Ross Dunlop says the Town Hall was closed in June 2015 after a structural engineers report advised the building was earthquake prone, after meeting only 11% of the New Building Standard. Buildings which don’t meet the minimum 34% New Building Standard (NBS) are classified as earthquake prone.

“Initially we decided to strengthen the building, however further investigation identified that a number of structuralissues needed addressing including work done on re-piling,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“Rather than just strengthen the building, then find there are a number of other issues which need fixing, we decided to look at rebuilding the whole facility. It’s the right thing to do and reflects the strong commitment our Council has to all our small towns across the district,” he says.

Mayor Dunlop says the money has been budgeted for 2020, which gives Council time to consult with the Manaia Community over what will work best for the community in the long term.

“Actual work won’t start for a couple of years, but that gives us time to plan and consult with the community over exactly what the new facility might look like and raise some extra funds if needed,” he syas.

Mayor Dunlop expects the community consultation to start sometime in the next six months.