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Anzac Community Hall’s Future Up For Debate

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Anzac Community Hall's Future Up For Debate

The future of the Anzac Community Hall could be decided next week.

Wood Buffalo council will be holding a special meeting in the rural hamlet where they will discuss options for the aging building.

It’s been closed off for a few months after the RMWB found mold and structural damage.

At an information session, residents were told the community centre was being recommended to be demolished as the repair costs were just too high.

In an interview with Mix News back in June, Vice-President of the Anzac Recreation and Social Society Nicole Gardner said they feel like they aren’t getting a choice.

“It’s the hub of our community. Everybody goes and talks and visits – it’s such an important part of the community.”

However, Mayor Don Scott doesn’t believe this is the case.

“We’re going to see what options there are for the future and hear it from the community about what they want to see done with it.”

So far, the municipality has come out and said they’re “firmly committed to exploring alternatives for community groups and residents in the area that have used the building.”

The meeting will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 3 p.m. in the Anzac Recreation Centre.

Grand Openings

The municipality is also celebrating a couple grand openings happening in two rural hamlets.

A BBQ is being held in Anzac to recognize the opening of its new Fire Hall. This will replace the old building the community had for the past 30 years.

They will also be marking the opening of the highly debated Conklin Multiplex.

Scott says he’s already had a chance to see the new recreation centre.

“It’s quite incredible, so anybody who hasn’t seen it – I would highly encourage them to take a look at it at some point in the future. It’s going to be great for the community of Conklin, they’re really going to have a great facility they can make great use of.”

The centre has been the topic of debate for many years, mainly because of the $50 million price tag.

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