Plug pulled on plan for social hub

Date published: May 28, 2013 at 10:34 am | Comments

A Kawerau based industry leader is disappointed development of the town’s former intermediate school site won’t go ahead.

The Intermediate School will now be disposed of by the Ministry of Education.

Council, in conjunction with Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau and the Ministry of Social Development, was looking at buying the facility and turning it into a social and training centre.

This has fallen through, with Mayor Malcolm Campbell saying a commitment from a major long term tenant was crucial to proceed, and hasn’t happened.

He says without this assurance, the risk to council and Kawerau ratepayers is too significant.

A three month delay in the disposal process has now passed.

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau deputy chair Jacob Kajavala says the site was going to be used as a social services and training hub – something he thinks the town needs.

He says there are no other facilities currently offering the same potential to train for specific industries as the former intermediate.

Mr Kajavala says there’s a bit of a question mark why Kawerau District Council and Government couldn’t pull together the deal, but what’s certain is it’s an opportunity lost and a real shame for the town.

Source: 1XX FM