Mayor Tony Kokshoorn is chair of the Lake Brunner District Health Clinic Committee, who are working to build a new health clinic at Moana. Land has been provided by Council for the clinic, as well as some funding from the affected Area Infrastructure Funds (following public consultation on the release of these funds).
At their meeting on 13 June 2016, Council resolved to change the land use designation for Helena Dense Reserve in Moana from recreation to special purpose reserve to allow the Moana Health Clinic to be built there.
Public consultation was carried out in May/June and there were no objections received. Also, the only objection to the Resource Consent application has been withdrawn.
The estimated building cost is $270,000, of which $220,000 has been generously donated by the public and residents in the area and wider region. A huge thank you to everyone. It shows that the community spirit is alive and well out there. Generous in-kind offers of labour have also been donated. The balance of the rebuild will come from the Area Infrastructure Fund held by Council after an overwhelming poll result was given to use some of the funds for construction of the Health Clinic. The funds needed will be substantially less than first envisaged because of the great public support.
The necessary consents are being organised and the first step is to backfill the site in preparation for the foundation. This will happen over the next few months. Then the tendering process for the construction of the Health Clinic will begin.
The Lake Brunner District Health Clinic Committee has been busy over the last two years but it has been worth it. Thanks to everyone for their contribution. Moana will soon have a modern health facility that will serve the district well into the future.