‘Thrilled’ hub site confirmed

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A site has finally been confirmed for the South Dunedin pop-up hub. PHOTO: ODT FILES

South Dunedin business and community representatives are “thrilled” and “pleased” a site for the suburb’s pop-up hub has been confirmed.

The Dunedin City Council announced on Tuesday that it had signed a two-year lease on part of Cargill Enterprises’ premises at 199 Hillside Rd.

South Dunedin Business Association chairman Craig Waterhouse said it would “definitely” be positive for businesses in the area, and the association planned to hold its annual meeting in the space later this year.

Council arts and culture group manager Bernie Hawke said he was “delighted” a space had been selected.

The “well-known, central” site would provide a handy location for facilities, including space for community activities, meeting areas, a DCC service centre and library, as well as kitchen and toilet facilities and access to Wi-Fi.

Cargill Enterprises chief executive Geoff Kemp said the business was “thrilled” to provide space for the hub, which would also be convenient for Cargill’s 94 staff.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the pop-up hub demonstrated the council’s “commitment to South Dunedin” and would be a “key part” of wider engagement with the community and agencies in the area.

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said it was a “huge relief” to have a site confirmed, but she questioned the delay in finding a temporary site.

Ms Curran said the South Dunedin community had been waiting “a long time” for the pop-up facility, although she did not “mean to be negative”.

“I guess I’ll save my praise for the day the doors open.”

Council community advocate Nick Orbell said he was “really pleased” a site had been selected and he looked forward to the pop-up hub’s opening midyear.