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Civic centre costs hit $744k

A total of $744,315 has been spent on Masterton’s civic centre project since July 2018, recently released figures show.

The project was put on hold in May last year, and newly-elected councillors unanimously decided in December to present options for public consultation on the project’s future.

The council agreed to identify and develop options for consultation with the community including: “proceeding/not proceeding with the civic facility as provided in the Long-Term Plan with estimated costs of $71.3m including contingency; options that better utilise council’s existing assets, including the library, Town Hall and recreation centre; an option to do nothing”.

In a cost breakdown released to Local Democracy Reporting, Masterton District Council figures showed the biggest spend was on external project management [$177,182], followed by payments to architects [$145,067], and internal project management [$136,438].

The council also confirmed $92,944 had been spent on legal advice, site testing, and valuations regarding property acquisition.

The remainder of costs were split between market demand assessments [$59,000], engineering assessments [$41,510], quantity surveying [$25,767], asbestos testing [$12,900], procurement assistance [$24,000], and fundraising and project advice [$92,943].

Masterton District Council also spent just over $3000 on a tour of venues, covering bus and accommodation costs, and $12,356 on the Civic Facility Independent Working Group.

The project, spending-wise, has had two distinct phases, a council spokesperson said.

The first phase ran from November 2018 to June 2019, followed by a period of 14 months where no external costs were incurred.

The second phase ran from August 2020 to August 2022.


    Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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