Peninsula halls to get grants for running costs

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Defining relationships .. .Dunedin City Council community and civic property officer Maria Sleeman leaves the Portobello Bowling Club after speaking about hall management agreements at an Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting last week.

A couple of halls on Otago Peninsula are set to get grants to cover running costs.

Dunedin City Council community and civic property officer Maria Sleeman, speaking at an Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting in Portobello last week, gave members an update on the councilnew hall management agreement.

The purpose of the agreements was to define the relationships between the council and the relevant hall committee and to identify the respective roles of each party in relation to the effective management of a hall.

Agreements would be put in place for halls across the city, including three in the board’s catchment _ Scott Hall in Harwood, Macandrew Bay Hall and Portobello Hall.

No committee in Dunedin had signed an agreement yet, she said.

When updating the board, Mrs Sleeman said the public toilets in Macandrew Bay Hall would be painted in January and a urinal would be fixed.

Scott Hall and Macandrew Bay Hall would be given grants “like other halls” to help cover running costs.

Scott Hall would get $5000 and Macandrew Bay Hall $1000.

Board chairman Paul Pope said he was “really impressed” by the agreement.

“You’ve done a good job and it’s been long needed.”