The final meeting of the Hibiscus Coast branch of the Red Cross was a relatively cheerful affair, despite the fact that it signals the end of more than 20 years of work by some stalwart Red Cross members on behalf of the community (HM May 17).
The four committee members took care of the official business of closing the branch and clearing their items from the rooms they have used for many years at Silverdale Pioneer Village.
Also present was Susan Doak, president of the Silverdale Spiritual Centre. She has been cleaning the building and says her group also uses it for fortnightly meetings, which she hopes can continue.
Auckland Council is yet to make a decision on what will happen to the facility. Council’s head of stakeholder and land advisory, Kim O’Neill, says there are a number of steps that need to be completed before the building is used again, including a building assessment.
“The building’s vacancy has been discussed with the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, which has requested a report to recommend advertising for expressions of interest from community groups interested in using it,” Kim says.
“Once these are received, the board can identify a suitable group to occupy the building.” Pictured at the final meeting are, clockwise from back left, John Hyde, Susan Doak, Joan Pratt, Maureen Holliday and Jill Yates.