Bunnings lend a hand at Gower Park

Melville United have welcomed staff from the new Bunnings Warehouse South Hamilton store on Kahikatea Drive to the neighbourhood – by roping them into the latest facility improvement at Gower Park.

Bunnings staff, including South Hamilton manager Nick Wren, have this week been upgrading the terraced seating on the western side of the No 1 pitch by supplying, painting and affixing plywood backing sheets.

The new $24 million, 11,340 square metre Bunnings Warehouse, on the corner of Kahikatea Dr and Quentin Dr, will be opened to the public on November 28 and will feature an indoor timber trade sales area, building materials, a landscape supplies yard and outdoor nursery.

But in the interim Bunnings have been introducing themselves around the neighbourhood – and leapt at the chance to become part of the Gower Park story by providing material and labour for the terrace upgrade.

Wren, a former builder and Arsenal fan, said it was a good excuse to get out of the office.

“We love being part of things,” he said. “I will be coming down to watch a few games in the winter.”

Wren said the extra shelter the plywood backing sheets offered from wind and rain was immediately evident.

Meanwhile Melville club captain Phil Wheatley welcomed the Bunnings’ liaison.

“The opening of Bunnings Hamilton South marks the arrival of the most community-focused business to arrive in our neighbourhood since Gallaghers shifted here in 1977,” Wheatley said.

“We are delighted for them to become part of the never-ending story at Gower Park, and take pride in future development. Bunnings were right – lowest prices are just the beginning.”

Melville will reciprocate by running a barbecue at the Bunnings store at a pre-opening function next month.

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