The Tinopai Volunteer Emergency Services now have a building consent for their emergency services centre to get underway but need help raising the extra funds to get started.
Once the building is complete it will house the Tinopai rural fire truck, accident /medical response vehicle, and North Kaipara Coastguard vessel.
“It simply means that there will be a central place where all rescue equipment will be based and it means that all the equipment that’s required from the unit to save people’s lives will be protected from the elements,” said spokesperson Walter Smith.
The building will be project managed by a local committee and in keeping with the coastal aspect will be blue and sandstone coloured. “So far the two units involved have put in around $10,000 each. In addition we have been fundraising through market stalls at Tinopai and last year’s book fair. We also have applied for grants, so building will start as soon we have enough funds,” he said.
With the total cost estimated at $200,000, a Give a Little Page has been set up to help reach the target amount.
Donations may also be forwarded to the treasurer, Sarolta Bernhard, 23 Mariner Cove Road, R D 1 Matakohe, 0593.
Another book fair will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the Paparoa hall starting at 10am.