Central Leader : December 10th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS IN BRIEF Warehouse plans Residents wanting to have their say about plans to build a Royal Oak branch of The Warehouse can attend a public meeting next Tuesday evening. Submissions regarding development of the retail giant at 100 Pah Rd closed on December 3. However, some locals feel the notification process has not adequately informed the public about what the proposal entails. Plans could see the shopping venue built alongside a stand-alone cafe and a strip of four smaller retail outlets. More than 460 carparks would be provided for the complex and The Warehouse floor area could extend more than 6300 square metres. Puketapapa Local Board members Michael Wood and Julie Fairey have initiated the meeting. They say discussion is to allow residents to voice opinions and concerns, not to be ''anti-Warehouse''. ''The minimum possible level of consultation has occurred to date. That is simply not good enough. ''We have set up a public meeting to allow locals to have a voice about this very significant change in their neighbourhood,'' Mr Wood says. The public forum will take place on December 14 from 7pm at the Royal Oak Intermediate School staff room. Christmas fun Everyone is invited to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust free family fun day this Sunday. The annual event will be held at the Ellerslie racecourse and gates open at 1pm. ''Every year we say thank you to the people of Auckland for their fantastic support with this free day out for the whole family,'' Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. ''It's a great way to start the holiday season in style.'' The day includes a Mad Butcher sausage sizzle, games, rides and icecream for the children. ''It's all free,'' Sir Peter says. ''Our Christmas gift to you.'' Medical centre for mission Help at hand: Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson in the mission shop on Hobson St, which will be converted into a medical centre early next year. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By SCOTT MORGAN BIG plans for a new medical centre at the Auckland City Mission are being developed after a huge increase in patient numbers. About 18 months ago the mission started offering a general practice service for homeless people in the inner city. That was quickly followed by the establishment of a new medical facility called the Calder Centre -- named after the first city missioner Jasper Calder -- at its Hobson St premises. But a register of more than 1000 patients has forced another rethink, with plans to turn part of the mission shop into a new, larger medi- cal centre. The shop will continue to operate but on a smaller scale. City missioner Diane Rob- ertson says the extension is necessary with many low income people living in apartments nearby. There s no facilities or services around here so the residents have got nowhere to go. Students in particular are on low incomes and don t always get medical attention. If people come to us we can offer a much reduced rate. Plans for the new centre also include a pharmacy, alongside alcohol and drug rehabilitation and other services. It means doctors can work more closely with people on medication. The project is expected to cost about $150,000, but much of that should be off-set by professionals such as architects and builders donating their services. It makes all the difference. A lot of things we just can t do if we don t get support from the community, Ms Robert- son says. Peddle Thorp Architects is one of the companies that has donated time to the project and director Richard Goldie is encouraging others to do the same. We ve taken this project on as a sort of Christmas present to our clients. Rather than sending the usual cor- porate gift we thought we d give something tangible back to the Auckland community. We re asking other busi- nesses to do the same -- every donation of time or material will help. Construction materials including ceiling systems, lighting, plumbing, flooring, paint and plenty of labour will all be needed to make it happen by March. Meanwhile, Ms Robertson says a plan to build new apartments for low income tenants and an area that will host social services on its Hobson St site will be reviewed in May. But she says construction is still three to four years away. The upgraded medical cen- tre will help improve the social services offered by the mission until then. Preparations are also well under way for the mission s annual Christmas lunch at Vector Arena, with 2000 people expected to attend. Phone 379-2395 if you can help with building the medi- cal centre.
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