Hastings District Council welcomes the Provincial Growth Fund investment announced today for seven of its community halls throughout the district.
The Government has announced more than $1.6 million in Provincial Growth Fund support for a wide range of projects in Hawke’s Bay, which will improve community facilities, better protect the environment and improve Māori land.
Part of this investment includes $290,394 to maintain and renovate seven community halls in the Hastings district.
Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said today was an incredible celebration, giving our community a sense of hope.
“As we navigate our district through the COVID-19 crisis, it is so important our people have places like these community hubs that remain robust and help our people’s social wellbeing.
“The government’s support is crucial to our recovery, we are also dependent on the strength of our rural community. It will be our rural people who will do the heavy lifting over the coming years to keep us buoyant and full of hope.
“Today’s announcement is a welcome injection of positivity and we are incredibly grateful to the government’s continual commitment to our district.”
Maraekakaho Hall Trust chair Jonathan Stockley said the first part of Maraekakaho Hall was built in 1877and it had been the centre of our community since then as a meeting place, a school, a library and a place of great entertainment.
“Every hall is different and loved in different ways but they’re always the focus for their community.
“Our communities need halls that are relevant and sustainable both environmentally and especially financially.
“This funding package for the seven community halls across our district amounts to approximately five years of council funding and will result in extra work for around 21 local businesses.
“The PGF’s investment announced today will go a long way to ensuring these spaces are safe and available for many future generations.”
7 August 2020
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