$500k grant to support Clutha Gold Cycle Trail extension

  • 29-Oct-19
  • News Media Release

The Clutha Gold Great Ride Cycle Trail extension has received another funding boost in the form of a $500,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust.

The Clutha Gold Trail is currently a 73km walking and cycling track that connects Lake Roxburgh to Lawrence. It is part of the network of 18 New Zealand Great Cycle Rides, offering a unique way to experience the stunning rural and riverside scenes of Central Otago’s Teviot Valley.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced in late May that the government through its Provincial Growth Fund would commit $6.5 million towards the Clutha Gold Great Ride Cycle Trail to further expand the 73km track to a total of 136km - from Lawrence to Waihola via Milton.

The grant from Otago Community Trust will go towards supporting this extension which will enhance the cycle trail offerings now available across Otago.

Otago Community Trust Chair Ross McRobie said the project could also help potentially complete a 440km loop through the Clutha, Central Otago and Dunedin City districts, by linking with the Central Otago Rail Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Great Rides, with the Taieri Gorge Railway.

“OCT sees this as a great investment for the region, we believe it will provide great economic and social opportunities for the people who live in the region especially those in the small towns where the trail will pass through”.

Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said she was proud to support the cycle trail project.

“The Clutha Gold Trail is a popular trail and I’m really looking forward to seeing this extension completed,” she said.

It is expected that construction of this extension of the trail will start later this year and will take three years to complete.

Other community projects supported in the Trust’s October grants round included a $30,000 grant to support the upgrade and roof replacement of the Wakari School swimming pool.

The Skeggs Foundation received a $20,300 grant to support the second round of their coach and official support programme. The funding enables a select number of Otago coaches and officials to grow and improve representative sport across Otago.

A $9,000 grant awarded to the Central Otago District Arts Trust will support the advancement of an Intercultural Public Arts Project for the Teviot Valley community and a $7,000 grant awarded to Our Hut Heritage Hub in Owaka will assist with creating a small walking track, as a memorial to the late Sir Truby King. 

In total Otago Community Trust approved just over $725,000 to 30 organisations in October 2019.

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, October 2019

Alexandra

Central Otago District Arts Trust

$9,000

Balclutha

Balclutha Parents Centre

$450

 

Our Hut Heritage Hub

$7,000

Dunedin

Dunedin Medieval Society Inc

$2,500

 

Dunedin Choral Society

$4,000

 

Dunedin Theatre Reviewers Collective

$550

 

Port Chalmers Town Hall Society Incorporated

$5,000

 

Dunedin Tamil Society Inc

$10,000

 

Santa Parade Trust

$15,000

 

Otago Rowing Club

$2,500

 

Dunedin Community Care Trust

$1,000

 

Dunedin Riding for the Disabled

$12,500

 

Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust

$7,000

 

Waikouaiti Riding for Disabled

$2,000

 

Roslyn Scout Group

$3,000

 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Ltd

$10,000

 

Greater Green Island Community Network Charitable Trust

$8,500

 

Wakari School

$30,000

 

Otago Polytechnic - School of Social Services, English Language Centre

$17,500

Milton

St Marys School Milton

$12,000

 

Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust

$500,000

Oamaru

Oamaru Combined Churches Christmas Parcels Trust

$2,000

 

CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc

$7,500

 

Waitaki District Council - Community Events

$4,500

Otago

Skeggs Foundation

$20,300

 

Untouched World Charitable Trust

$5,000

 

Motorcycling New Zealand Inc

$4,000

Wanaka

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc

$5,000

 

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust

$15,000

 

Holy Family Catholic School

$3,000

 

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