Selwyn District Council and the Hororātā Community Trust have signed a Memorandum of Understanding around the creation of a community hub in the township.
Mayor, Sam Broughton signed the MOU this week, confirming the Council will transfer the Hororātā Community Hall and surrounding endowment land to the Trust, along with a grant of $1 million to support the trust in building the new community hub.
The MOU states that the Council and the Trust will commit to an ongoing partnership in relation to achieving positive outcomes for the Hororātā community. The MOU commits to building of the new hub to begin within the next four years.
Council Chief Executive, David Ward said the Council has been working with the Hororātā community and the Trust for a number of years with a view to building a new community facility for the township. The MOU was an important stage in that process, he said.
“The Council is excited to have this agreement in place and confirm its support for the Trust to get the community facility built,” said Mr Ward.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this from all sides to ensure Hororātā receives a facility that meets its needs now and into the future, and this is a positive step towards seeing that completed.”
Hororata Community Trust Trustee Richard Lang said it was an important day for the trust.
“The Hororata Community Trust and the Go Hororata Committee are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Council and to be moving forward with this project.”
“We are looking forward to developing a vibrant community hub which will feature our areas heritage and celebrate our stories,” Mr Lang said.