Work Starts on Aro Valley Community Centre

19 January 2011

The popular Aro Valley Community Centre is being upgraded and earthquake-strengthened.

The hall, in Aro Park, is to be re-piled and the floor re-laid with Tasmanian oak timber and insulated. Other works include upgrading the toilets, installing a ramp to the front door and improvements to the electrical supply and fire alarm system. The building will also be repainted.

The $110,000 project started last week and is due to finish in early March, time for the Aro Valley Fair. 

Work was scheduled during the summer break to minimise disruption to the many groups who use the hall for meetings, classes and community projects. The community centre and Council have helped most users to find alternative meeting places while the work is carried out.

A temporary office for the community centre has been set up nest to the nearby Citizens Advice Bureau.

The Council's Community Facilities Portfolio Leader, Councillor Justin Lester, says strong local communities make Wellington the great city that it is and play an important role in bringing people together.

"This upgrade will make the community centre safer, warmer and will ensure it remains a hub for years to come. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed works and I'm sure Aro Valley residents will too."

The Council's Social Portfolio Leader and local ward Councillor Stephanie Cook, says the building is much loved and used and the local community is very happy with the upgrade.

"This project has been a long time coming and I know that the community appreciates it is finally happening," says Cr Cook.

"But it is only the first step. The community still want and need a facility that provides more space and we will continue to work towards that goal."