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Nearly done . . . Eastern Southland Hockey presi dent Janette Collins stands with the newly erected hockey pavilion. It is scheduled for com pletion in April. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

Progress on the $600,000 Eastern Southland Hockey pavilion may be behind schedule but it is still expected to be completed by its April deadline.

Eastern Southland Hockey president Janette Collins said the production was “a little bit behind” due to engineering machinery being held up.

However, she was confident it would be finished in time for the start of the hockey season.

“The progress has been going really well, it’s tracking within time,” Collins said.

Construction began in December, after the previous pavilion was relocated on site to make way for it.

The foundation of the two-storey building was completed and windows and a steel covering would be added this week.

Fittings on the inside of the building were yet to be completed, she said.

The ground floor would house two changing rooms, two toilet blocks, showers and storage room and the top level provided a spectator area and a kitchenette.

It provided a modern facility for the sport and could help to retain numbers.

“We got to walk through the other week and to see the view from the top level and the benefit it provides is amazing.

“It’s going to be very modern and really benefit hockey.”

Ajax Building Contractors were constructing the building and had been “wonderful to deal with”, she said.

Eastern Hockey funded the project with $123,000 alongside major funders: The Trusts Community Foundation with $200,000 on behalf of the Mataura Licensing Trust, Community Trust South contributed $150,000 and Lottery Community Facilities provided $100,000.

Southland District Council and Gore District Council each funded $10,000 and minor funding came from the Pakeke Lions and the Gore RSA.

Smaller funding applications were still waiting approval, she said.

An opening for the pavilion would be held in April.