Clutha Foundation secures funding for 5 years
Otago Community Trust has approved a $250,000 grant to support the development of the newly formed Clutha Foundation.
Over the last five years, the Naseby Development Charitable Trust have worked hard to upgrade the forest area surrounding the Naseby township to ensure their local community and visitors have a dedicated recreation park.
In mid-2017 significant tree felling took place in the Naseby forest and required the Naseby Development Charitable Trust to pull together its hard-working team of volunteers and fundraise to clear the tracks. Setting up a Give-a-Little page the Trust raised just under $3,000 and Otago Community Trust was pleased to approve a $5,865 grant to support the project.
The project involved not only hiring an experienced digger driver in to clear the immediate debris on the tracks, but additional drainage channels were also created to assist in keeping the track in better condition. The 42km area would have taken years for volunteers to clear by hand but a number of working bees held before Christmas gave the group a solid run in clearing the bulk of the area.
Committee member, Adair Craik, is thrilled with the progress on the Naseby Trails. The entire Naseby community and holiday makers who use the forest, are extremely fortunate to be offered the use of these trails by forest owner - Ernslaw One. However, the use of these trails would not be possible without a team of volunteers who give up their time to making projects like this happen.
“We are very grateful to all the volunteers who have given up their time to assist us with the clean-up and in particular Kila Hepi for co-ordinating the activities for the volunteers.”