St John still seeking home after tender

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by Chris Tobin

After missing out on buying the SCRSA property in Wai-iti Road, St John says it will just keep looking at options.

St John must have seismic strengthened buildings up to level 4 status, ensuring they are operational immediately after an earthquake or other disastrous event.

“The options for St John are to upgrade our present facilities up to level 4, most of which are level 2 currently, or find a new location,” Timaru St John committee member and Aoraki representative for St John’s South Island regional trust Gordon Handy said.

“We’re doing the numbers [and] it’s not a pressing concern at the moment, we’ve got time.”

St John’s tender for the SCRSA property was one of two considered by members of the South Canterbury RSA at a meeting last week. St John proposed having both a St John building and RSA building on the site.

The successful tender came from Yedo Investments, a company owned by Robert Odey and his son Damon Odey, who will end his time as Timaru mayor at this week’s local body election.

“We’re disappointed,” Mr Handy said.

“We thought it was a good fit for the RSA, for St John and for the community.”