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Community gets a say on future of Karori campus

Sep 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Latest News

The Malcolm Block on the Karori Campus looking over Karori

The Karori community gets a chance to have a say about what should happen to the suburb’s vacant campus at a meeting tonight.

The meeting’s been organised by Victoria University, the current owners of the campus.

The university says the campus is surplus to its requirements and it has applied to the government for permission to get rid of it.

The process could take between 12 and 24 months.

Wellington City Councillor, Andy Foster says the university has been very open about the process.

“The council has no formal position on it at this stage, we will have to develop one and we would want that to be informed by first of all any decisions that the Ministry of Education might make and secondly in consultation with the community,” he says.

Councillor Foster says this is likely to happen after the local body elections.

Jenny Bentley from Campus Services at Victoria says the university is very aware of the community interest in what happens to the campus.

“The Karori community, like all communities in Wellington, is important to us, and many of our staff and students live in Karori. We know that the community values the campus and has been using the campus facilities for many years,” she says.

Karori local Rob Gourdie, from the Save Karori Campus Group knows what he wants to see come out of today’s meeting.

He wants to see some good dialogue happening around the campus and changes so that the community has a voice at the table in the next 24 months.

Dance teacher, Fiona Haines who uses the dance studio at the campus, uses it seven days a week.

“There are a lot of students go through the classes weekly, there will be a lot of students with nowhere to dance,” she says.

And Netball Wellington also has concerns about the future of the campus.

General Manager, Sue Geale says 500 children play on courts at the campus on Saturdays during the netball season.

“We are hoping the council will kindly step in and ensure that facility is secured. That’s our dream and we are just hoping that will come to fruition,” she says.

Tonight’s’ meeting is at the Alan Ward VC hall on the campus and starts at 5.30pm.

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