Community’s future-thinking views invited


​1 June 2018

The community is invited to join in a conversation about the current and future use of the Central Stories building in Alexandra by participating in two upcoming drop-in sessions.

The Central Stories building currently houses Council's i-SITE, the Central Stories Art Gallery and Museum, Central Cinema, a meeting room and public toilets.

Since establishment, the Central Cultural Centre Trust successfully maintained the building for the betterment of the district's cultural and heritage activities. In 2017, the Central Cultural Centre Trustees resolved to surrender the ground lease, with improvements including the Central Stories building, back to Central Otago District Council.

This presented an opportunity for Council to assess options for the future development of the building. A feasibility study is currently being undertaken by McElrea Consulting to capture the usage of current services and facilities. The feasibility study will also identify opportunities for future development and occupancy that will enhance the value of this facility for the Alexandra and wider community.

The Alexandra Public Library is requiring refurbishment as it is currently outdated and in need of modernisation. The scoping study will also review the potential relocation of the Alexandra Library to the Central Stories building, as well as considering how some space in Central Stories might be used to display the Eden Hore Collection owned by Council.

Community consultation is a key factor that will inform the development and refinement of options before they are presented to Council for a decision.  All those individuals and groups with an interest in this community asset and its future are invited to get involved.

Two drop in sessions will be held on Wednesday 20 June at Alexandra Community House – a lunchtime session between 12 noon and 2pm and then an evening session between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Those who cannot drop in during the sessions that day but wish to chat to the consultant can phone Rebecca McElrea on 0247 510 9989 or email

A 'Central Stories – Future Use' online survey has also been launched at to gather community feedback. Paper copies are available on request.


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