House project ‘all go’

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Building a Rotary Dream house project committee members (from left) Richard Boyde-Manson (North Invercargill Rotary), Graeme Hegan (Sunrise Rotary) and Dave McKissock (Invercargill South Rotary). Photo: Janette Gellatly

THE building consent is in, material is in place, the surveyors have been and now it’s all action for the Building a Rotary Dream house project.

Spokesman Graeme Hegan, of Sunrise Rotary, said after a couple of years of planning and background work getting sponsorships, the team managing the project had finally got consent to start the build.

“We’re all go and we’re very excited,” he said.

The six Rotary clubs in Invercargill are working together on the project which will see a house be built in Grasmere. Once built it will be auctioned off and it is hoped more than $50,000 will be raised for the Breathing Space Southland Trust, which works with the homeless in Invercargill.

Richard Boyde-Manson, of Invercargill North Rotary, aimed to use volunteer labour to build the house with the support of builder and developer Callum Rutledge.

“The combined project gives Rotary members the chance to work together to do something bigger than we could achieve on our own and make a positive contribution to our local society… and we also want to have fun.”

Project committee member Dave McKissock, of Invercargill South Rotary, said the project had already received tremendous support from businesses around town, with some charging at a very low cost and some donating services, but volunteer labour was still needed, in particular tradespeople.

“We also hope to be use Southern Institute of Technology students and high school pupils in the Gateway programme, but we also need other volunteers, particularly those who have skills in the trades, to help.

“I would encourage anyone out there who would like to be involved in this community project. The more the community gets involved, the more the skill set.”

After completion, an open home will be held for six weeks to showcase designs, fixtures and fittings.

For more information, or to volunteer, phone Dave McKissock on 218 3525.

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