Restoration funding falls short

There is still money outstanding on the hall restoration.

The Warkworth Town Hall Restoration Fundraising Team has wound-up, although $300,000 still remains as an outstanding debt to the Rodney Local Board.

Trust chair Ilona Rodgers says the trust has no comment to make on how the funds will be raised or exactly what is owed until the accounts have been reconciled.

However, she says the trust intends to cover the deficit by the pay back deadline of December 22 this year.

Local Board chair Beth Houlbrooke says she has no concerns about the money owing at this stage and that the situation is being monitored.

The total cost to restore the 105-year-old building was $5.6 million – Auckland Council contributed $4.3 million, with the board adding a further $1.2 million, of which the trust’s share was $675,000. So far only $375,000 of that amount has been repaid.


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