Who would own the land?
The Colville Project Charitable Trust will be the owner of the land.
Where is the land?
The Management Team's preferred site is a 32 HA site on Wharf Road behind the Colville Motel, on the outskirts of Colville Village and above the flood plain. It is an ideal site for both the multi-purpose facility and the project as a whole.
How much is the land?
$670,000 (incl gst).
How much is it going to cost to get the land and Wellbeing and Education Centre?
We estimate that it will cost $3 million to buy the land, design, build and fit out the Wellbeing and Education Centre.
At least $1 million of that amount has to be raised by the community to demonstrate support, commitment and need to the big national funders as part of their criteria for giving community grants.
How much has been raised so far?
The community have so far raised $225,000 to go towards the land purchase and $182,000 for the building of the Wellbeing and Education Centre.
We have a plan that will target not only the 700 permanent residents of this part of the Coromandel but all the people who live, work, play and visit.
We’ll reach out for support to identified groups and people across New Zealand who may share our values and are inspired seeing a small rural community help itself regenerate and grow a sustainable future for this and coming generations.
Why can’t the Health Centre and CSSC stay where they are now and expand those premises?
The current premises of both the Colville Community Health Centre (the clinic) and Colville Social Service Collective are no longer adequate for providing their evolving and expanding services to the community. There are no other options for them, and the current owners of the house rented by the clinic do not wish to sell, so redevelopment on that site is not an option.
Why does The Colville Project need such a big piece of land?
The 32 HA site will ensure that we can build on one site all the facilities and amenities that are planned under the long-term vision of The Colville Project to support the regeneration and sustainability of the community.
The site will accommodate the multi-service Wellbeing and Education Centre – including a St John Station and most likely Fire and First Responders
It will also provide a site to build a range of housing options to solve the accommodation shortage, generate a revenue stream from market rate rentals (not subsidised social housing) and move us towards the long-term goal of regenerating and attracting population growth to the district. The opportunity to provide housing solutions would be focused on:
Visiting professionals and students like those training in rural medicine at the Wellbeing Centre
Families who have employment or business opportunities but are unable to find housing and leave the district which seriously impacts our population and ability to sustain core services and facilities like our local school
Both supported and independent living options for elderly who may need some support services
What if we don't raise enough to purchase this piece of land?
Our Memorandum of Understanding with the land owners expired at the end of July, but until the land goes on the market in November we still have a chance to buy it, if we can raise the funds required. If we don't get this land, we will look for something just as suitable elsewhere, and continue fundraising. Once we have the land, we can start the pre-planning, design, build and fit out of the Wellbeing and Education Centre and complete stage one of the project.
What’s in it for me?
We have to pull together to determine and make a positive future for ourselves, our kids and for all the people who live, work, play and visit so that we the services and amenities we need for daily life – and to provide and generate opportunities to continue to live here, socialise, train and upskill and find employment so we have a productive, sustainable community, built on the principles of care for people, for the environment, for a better, kinder future.