A $75,000 lottery grant has been secured for a feasibility study into a proposed new multipurpose community hub in Oamaru.

Community House chairman Dick Cottier said the grant covered the full cost of the feasibility work for developing a new space to house community services in Oamaru.

At present, Community House is used by about 18 groups and organisations, but it was no longer “fit for purpose” and a new facility was needed to meet the current and future needs of the community, Mr Cottier said.

The 1882 category 2 heritage building is owned by the Waitaki District Council, which rents it to the Community House Trust.

Mr Cottier, who is leading the steering group set up to drive the project for a better facility, was thrilled to receive the lottery funding – it was some positive news for Christmas, he said.

The feasibility study was an exciting opportunity to determine requirements for a community hub and explore options for locations, one of which was the former North Otago Returned and Services Association (RSA) building in Itchen St.

“Or it may be that we’ve got to build .. this is what the feasibility study will actually come up with,” he said.

Dunedin company Feldspar would conduct the study, which Mr Cottier expected to start in the new year and take about eight weeks.

“By the end of March we should be well and truly into knowing what we’re up to and can start applying for funding.”

Mr Cottier thanked The Business Hive project development manager Robert Roodnat, who applied for funding on behalf of the steering group.

The group had also received $12,500 from The Working Together More Fund, which would be used to stimulate collaboration between social services in Community House.

“It’s part of the community hub project, so we’re pretty happy with that as well,” Mr Roodnat said.Nike SneakersNike