$1.8m grant awarded to Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network

  • 01-Oct-18
  • News Media Release

The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust has received a significant boost from the latest round of grants from the Otago Community Trust.

The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust was awarded a grant totalling $1,845,789 to support the five-stage development project which will link the Central Otago trail network. This brings the Trust’s total support of this project to $2m. 

The trail will be part of the $26 million New Zealand Cycle Trail Project to build 536km of trails connecting Cromwell to Clyde and the Otago Central Rail Trail and connecting Queenstown via the Kawarau Gorge Trail, in addition to extending the network north to Wanaka. In August $13m of government funding was confirmed for the project with Central Lakes Trust contributing the other $11m.

Otago Community Trust Chair Ross McRobie said the Trust has supported the region’s cycle ways for many years in recognition that cycle ways provide employment opportunities and economic benefits to the local communities they serve. 

“Estimates predict that the number of people riding the trail will more than double over the next 10 to 12 years. We see that this project will provide employment opportunities and ensure the sustained growth of our regional towns”.

The Trust was also pleased to award its second grant to the Waikouaiti District Museum Soc Inc at its September board meeting. Having awarded $100,000 in 2017 to the capital project, the Trust approved a further $50,000 to support the fitout of the new museum.

A $20,000 grant was awarded to Stage South Charitable Trust to support a ‘Farewell to the Fortune Theatre' gala event. Producer Karen Elliot explains that a passionate group of Dunedin theatre professionals have come together to coordinate a ‘big, brash, joyful, 'old-fashioned' theatre event in Dunedin’. 

The gala event will be held over two nights and will consist of 20 to 30 minute excerpts from four of the most popular productions ever presented at the Fortune, said Elliot.

This gala tribute will celebrate the past and acknowledge the future role of professional theatre in Dunedin.  The event gives the organisers the opportunity to thank those associated with the Fortune, in particular the huge numbers of volunteers, said Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger. 

Other grants included $30,000 to theRoyal NZ Pipe Band Assoc - Otago Centre which will assist with the hosting of the 2019 National Pipe Band Championship at the University Oval in Dunedin; $24,000 to the Milton Community Health Trust supporting the delivery of ongoing community services; $20,000 to Kaitangata Black Gold BMX Club to assist with the cost of purchasing new safety BMX start gates and a $10,000 grant to the Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust for the delivery of their community events calendar. 

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $2,118,689 to 21 community organisations for September 2018.


Otago Community Trust Community Donations, September 2018


Gore Women's Refuge Inc



Clinton Golf Club Inc



Kaitangata Black Gold BMX Club



Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust



Waikouaiti District Museum Soc Inc



Stage South Charitable Trust



Daniel Belton and Good Company



Royal NZ Pipe Band Assoc - Otago Centre



Otago Polytechnic - Pacific Island Scholarships



WellSouth Primary Health Network



Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust



Hygiene For Homeless



Taieri Musical Society Inc



Kaikorai Grays Sport & Travel Inc



The Brain Injury Assn (Otago) Inc



Athletics Otago Inc



Milton Community Health Trust



Simpson Park Sporting Complex Inc



Mosgiel Coronation Hall Development Trust



North Otago Pony Club Inc



Show Me Shorts Film Festival Trust




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