by Tony Coppard
The Community Centre at Blockhouse Bay has been strengthened under the talented and energetic leadership of Sara Watson, who has now stepped down from both the committee and chairing role. She has served on the committee for a decade, first as Secretary, then for six years as Chair. Her replacement is yet to be appointed.
Sara has been a driving force behind many improvements, including the beautification of the outdoor seating area and a new mural. The smaller conference rooms have been upgraded, making them more attractive venues to hire at reasonable rates. The Centre’s online presence has also been boosted.
The community centre is a community-led organisation that has a contract/ license to manage with Auckland Council the day-to-day hire, events and groups that use it. They also manage the historic Armanasco house in the middle of the village. Sara was instrumental in updating a very outdated constitution. She has also been encouraging more people to join the committee.
Sara tells me that she has been involved with various tree disputes. She is passionate about our environment and is willing to front up and do the hard work to save trees. She is also concerned about the overuse of weed sprays dangerous in our parks.
Describing herself as an advocate rather than an activist Sara is hoping to succeed in the next local board election. She sees that as an opportunity to contribute using her governance skills and creative thinking to guide better decisions for our local Whau area. We wish her every success.