Future of the History House Museum service
In December 2016, Council reviewed its earthquake-prone buildings and a structural engineer found that the History House building was only 10% of NBS (new building standard) seismic resilience rating. As the minimum national compliance level is 33% NBS, the engineering report confirmed that the building is not earthquake compliant. This meant that the building had to be closed for the safety of the public and staff and the museum service is currently not being delivered.
What we are proposing
Council has considered its options for the future of the History House Museum service - these are fully outlined in the Statement of Proposal below.
The preferred option is the relocation of the History House Museum to the ex Dick Smith building in the Greymouth CBD and contracting the Greymouth i-Site to deliver the museum services.
The costs for this proposal include the cost of the contract, the relocation of the collection, the fit-out of the new location and the storage of any excess items (if needed). If this option proceeds, it will cost an additional $59,667 per annum in rates from 1 July 2017. (This figure includes $20,000 for storage, which may or may not be required.)
It is important to note that Council has not made a final decision yet and will formulate the best plan of action after the public consultation period is over and it has had the benefit of reading and hearing public submissions.
We want to hear the community's thoughts on the proposal to relocate the History House Museum and contract the Greymouth i-Site to deliver the service. We encourage you to read the full Statement of Proposal and have your say.
How to have your say
All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:
- Council submission form – online or paper
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth
You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday 18 May 2017, when they will be hearing and considering submissions to the 2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan.
Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.
Due to the tight frame to align with the Draft Annual Plan submission process, the consultation period in this instance will be for two weeks only.
Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 8 May 2017.