South West Mackay Neighbourhood Centre president Ron Anderson is sad to see the centre close after 23 years.
South West Mackay Neighbourhood Centre president Ron Anderson is sad to see the centre close after 23 years. Lee Constable

Rising costs force centre closure

RISING costs have forced the South West Mackay Neighbourhood Centre to close.

The centre, which has been operating since 1988, had been having a hard time coping with a range of higher costs, president Ron Anderson said.

"We've shut down because there were too many charges," Mr Anderson said.

"All of these charges were too much to keep it (the centre) going.

"We (the centre committee) could have kept it going for another six months before the money ran down.

Mr Anderson said the building, at the corner of Pompey and Clements Sts, was owned by the State Government but he and his wife had covered additional costs.

"I used to maintain the centre and my wife and I paid for outgoing phone calls but it was all too much.

"(The committee) had to insure the building for damages and we got liability insurance," Mr Anderson said.

"There was also equipment insurance."

Many groups that had used the centre in the past no longer had a use for it, Mr Anderson said.

"Most of the groups that started with us have got their own buildings now, like Tai Chi," he said.

"The centre relied on money from groups hiring the centre."

Mr Anderson said support for the centre had decreased as well.

"There was not enough support from the local area; it was mainly support from further out (of Mackay)," he said.

As part of wrapping up the neighbourhood centre, the committee gave more than $20,000 to five Mackay organisations.

"The committee and I decided to donate all surplus money we had left over to deserving not-for-profit organisations throughout Mackay," Mr Anderson said.



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