Counting in progress on Runanga Miner’s Hall ballot

Ben Aulakh

Counting has begun in the community ballot to help decide the future of the Runanga Miner’s Hall, but the council is saying little.
Voting in the ballot closed at 12pm on Friday, however Grey District Council chief executive Paul Pretorius said the result would not be announced until the agenda for the next council meeting, to be held on July 14, was released, as he did not think it would be fair for councillors to find out the result of the vote in the newspaper.
The council would take the outcome of the vote among Runanga ratepayers into account when making a final decision on the fate of the hall, which was currently subject to a demolition order.
Mr Pretorius said he thought the voter turnout was “not bad”.
The vote, which was open to all ratepayers south of Ten Mile Creek, proposed three options: for the Runanga Area Association to take ownership of and restore the hall; for the council to build a smaller hall behind the current facade; or for the whole structure to be pulled down.