Clutha Community Hub
NOTE: The result for Option 3 - To disestablish the current hall facility - has been and is being used, incorrectly, to suggest that there was little support for demolishing the Hall. As explained fully above, this option was only ever about demolishing the Hall and walking away from the site. At this stage in the process there was not a proposal to demolish the Hall and replace it. That, as can be seen below, arose later.
Community-led Committee formed.
In June 2017 a community-led committee was formed to explore options and develop a business case including a feasibility study.
Balclutha Community Plan
At the Council Meeting on 5 April the Our Place Balclutha Community Plan was adopted. The plan recognises the hall project as one of most important items identified in the consultation process and Council gave it a high priority.
The coordinating group was to complete the comprehensive business case, including considering the level of involvement from Council, the community, and other stakeholders, and potential models of ownership.
Clutha Community Hub Charitable Trust formed
The Clutha Community Hub Charitable Trust was formed in 2018 to represent the community as a legal entity and to progress the project.
Feasibility Study completed
The feasibility study by OCTA can be downloaded from the Clutha Community Hub Trust web page or read here. It concluded that a new option - a New Build of a two storey complex on the existing site that meet functional needs - was the most appropriate solution.
Comprehensive business case completed
The Clutha Community Hub Trust presented their business case to Council in May 2019. A PDF of the document is available from the Trust website.
Formal agreement to redevelop the facility
On 1 August the Clutha Community Hub Charitable Trust and Clutha District Council reached a formal agreement (MOU) to redevelop the Balclutha Memorial Hall facility. Read the detailed announcement here.
The Clutha Community Trust announced the agreement and the new build, and released a Clutha Community Hub Update - August 2019.
Council consults on the next step for the Memorial hall re-development
During the Annual Plan process for 2020/21, Council consulted with the community on the next step for the Balclutha Memorial Hall re-development to help decide the financial commitment it was prepared to make to support the future of the hall.
Two options were presented:
- Option 1 - To patch up the existing facility. ($4-5M)
- Option 2 - To contribute to a new facility ($7.5M)
After receiving public feedback, at the Council meeting on 14 May 2020, Council decided that further planning and development work should get underway, and included a budget of $7.5M in the Annual Plan 2020/21. This was to be a grant to the Clutha Hub Community Trust, but the grant was only to be available if the Trust were able to secure at least 75% of the residual balance from other sources. (Agenda and Minutes of the 14 May 2020 meeting are available here)
External funding confirmed
On 17 July 2020 it was announced that the Government's Crown Infrastructure Partner's (CIP) shovel-ready project fund had granted the project $7 million.
Hall readied for demolition
In early December 2020 the i-Site and other tenants moved out of the hall when it was closed in preparation for the start of demolition in early 2021.
This project belongs to the Clutha Community Hub Trust (with Council now only the provider of a grant) and the Trust website will carry project progress updates.