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Papakura savings put to use

Historic hall work to be funded

Published: 12 May 2021

The Drury Hall and local parks network will benefit from cost savings in Papakura Local Board projects.

“It’s always important as the guardians of public money to keep a close eye on costs in any project we get involved with, so realising significant savings in a couple of areas is welcome,” board chair Brent Catchpole says.

“It means we can take that money and reallocate it to areas that we are still trying to find funds for.”

Funds unspent from money allocated to the play space and courts at Smiths Reserve, a now completed project, will be used to renew other park assets in the area.

Savings from costs associated with drainage, park and signage work around Jack Farrell Reserve will be applied to interior and external renewal work at Drury Hall, a heritage building.

“Drury Hall is an important historical building that remains very much part of the fabric of village life, so being able to programme that work is important,” Catchpole says.

Closures associated with COVID-19 meant there were also savings from operational costs for the Papakura Art Gallery, and they will be used to begin work on a concept plan for the proposed Kirikiri Reserve.

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