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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) - Meadowbank

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

When will Meadowbank community centre close?

A date has yet to be set, and the current centre remains open in the meantime. A timeline will be agreed once we’ve approved a building partner, which we hope to do by early 2020.

Will Meadowbank Community Centre House Incorporated continue to operate the centre?

Meadowbank Community Centre House Incorporated will continue to operate the centre until its contract expires on 7 July 2019. We’d like to thank the organisation and its staff for their long-standing service to the Meadowbank community.

What will happen between 8 July and the start of the redevelopment?

Between 8 July 2019 and the start of redevelopment, Auckland Council will manage the centre’s operations. They’ll prioritise existing user groups over any new bookings during this period and previously agreed rates will still apply.

Where can my group/programme operate during the redevelopment?

If you need help, Auckland Council staff will be happy to assist current user groups to find suitable spaces to relocate. This could include other council-owned community venues or community-operated venues in the area. If a suitable venue is found, each group will be responsible for completing its relocation directly with the new venue provider.

What if the space I move to is more expensive than my current space?

If there is a difference between the current charges at Meadowbank Community Centre and your new venue, you can apply to the Ōrākei Local Board for a grant to cover the difference. The local board has committed to helping community groups operate during the redevelopment, and hope they rejoin the new community centre once it opens.

Who can help me find a suitable space to continue to run my group/programme?

For relocation enquiries, contact Susan Ropati, Places Manager, Auckland Council.

Email susan.ropati@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 021 892 435.

For funding enquiries, contact Lucia Davis, Strategic Broker, Auckland Council.

Email lucia.davis@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 027 553 4800.

Will my group/programme fit in the new centre?

The floor plan and layout of Meadowbank’s new community centre has yet to be designed. We’ll consult with the community, including current user groups, once a building partner has been approved. We’ll use the community feedback to help shape the design and layout.

What will the inside of the new centre look like?

The ground floor will be community space, with residential apartments on the floors above. The Auckland Unitary Plan and community consultation will guide the design. We expect the new community centre will have an internal floor area of about 550m2 , almost twice the size of the current community centre. There are also plans for the Ōrākei Local Board office to be part of the centre, in addition to the 550m2.

Will there be an early childhood education centre built into the new community centre?

We have no plans to incorporate an early childhood education centre into the new centre.

Will there be car parking?

Yes, and residents and community centre users will have separate parking. The exact numbers and layout are yet to be finalised but will be guided by the Auckland Unitary Plan.

When will the new centre be open?

We don’t know yet. Once a building partner has been approved, we’ll agree a timeline for the development, and this will include an estimated completion date.

When the new centre is open, who will manage it?

While the redevelopment is happening, Ōrākei Local Board will decide how the new Meadowbank Community Centre will operate. The board has favoured a community-led model for many of its community centres; empowering communities is a preferred approach in the council family. This model means a community organisation would be the centre’s operational decision-maker.