The Pod extensions ‘super exciting’

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SOUTH Alive’s community centre will soon be extended to house the South Alive office, community volunteers’ lounge and meeting rooms.

Funding for stage three of The Pod, on the corner of Grace and Nith Sts, had been successful with $145,000 donated from the Lottery Community Facilities fund, South Alive manager Cress Evans said.

This means The Pod will now be extended by about 5m at the rear of the building, from Ness St to the building’s veranda, and will include two purpose-built community rooms with a bi-fold door which could open to form one large function area. Once completed, doors will also open off the back room to give easier access to the community gardens.

Ms Evans described the extensions as “super exciting”.

With the choice of rooms and the various sizes on offer, “so many more people in the community will have access to spaces that work for them.

“It will give a lot more flexibility for groups to use the space by being able to reconfigure the various rooms.”

Storage cupboards will also be added at a later stage for various groups to use.

Once built, the current community rooms will revert to the original purposes of the South Alive office at the Ness St end and a community volunteer’s lounge adjacent.

It was envisioned the volunteers’ lounge would be manned by volunteers as a place for people to connect, chat, have a coffee and be involved in the community, Ms Evans said.

Other alterations would also include adding a sliding door to the wall between the volunteers’ lounge and the new meeting room (currently the outside wall), to give more choice of room configurations.

The South Alive Community ArtSpace gallery would also be incorporated into the new extension in a different way, Ms Evans said.

“Art will be placed around the meeting rooms, which will become a living art gallery.”

Work on the extension will begin on Monday, September 10, and Ms Evans expected the South Alive office would be relocated from the rear of the South City Mall to The Pod by the end of the year.

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