Pictured at the official opening front row from left: Weedons Reserve Committee chairman Peter Holmes, Mayor Sam Broughton and Selwyn MP Amy Adams. They were joined by councillors, and members of the Weedons Reserve Committee and Weedons community

Weedons Community Centre

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District Council officially opened the new Weedons Community Centre last Friday in front of about 60 people, including Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, Selwyn MP Amy Adams and councillors, members of the Weedons Reserve Committee and the community. Pupils from Weedons School gave speeches before the building was declared open.

Council major projects property manager John Reid said the new Weedons Community Centre provides a modern facility for the local community as well as the sports groups who regularly use the reserve.

“It’s a ‘fit-for-purpose’ facility that recognises the relatively limited size of the local community, but also is of a level of specification that will provide the wider Selwyn region with a small boutique facility available for smaller functions,” said Reid.

“The Weedons Reserve Committee has worked for many years to replace the old, outdated and damaged centre. Along with recent upgrades to the tennis and cricket facilities on the reserve, the council is very pleased that the Weedons community now has a building which is much more attractive for the community to use.”

The project has been in the pipeline since 2011 when the first plans were drawn up, said Weedons Reserve Committee chairman Peter Holmes.

“With the many challenges we’ve faced along the way, it’s great to see the building finally completed. The whole committee has been heavily involved in the process, while we have had great support from the staff at the council,” Holmes said.

“This is a community centre, which will be used by the cricket and tennis clubs, but also by the wider community. This is a great asset for Weedons and one we should all be proud of.”

The new facility has a multi-purpose room, a kitchen and storeroom, 24-hour accessible toilet and two changing rooms. Construction of the $830,000 facility began in May 2018 and was completed in December 2018.