Funding boost for Hawea Flat Link Track

  • 01-Nov-17
  • News Media Release

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) has received a funding boost from the latest round of donations from the Otago Community Trust. A $30,000 donation was awarded to the UCTT to support the development of the Hawea Flat Link Track.

UCTT treasurer John Wellington said it has long been the desire of the Hawea Flat Community to be able to get to Albert Town more directly along the route of the closed Newcastle Road.

“This track will provide a safe off road direct link between Hawea Flat and Albert Town/Wanaka and it will also allow more loop options for walking and or cycling trips on the Upper Clutha track network” he said.

Wellington highlights the proposed track has been made possible as a result of a land swap agreement between a landowner and various parties including Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), the Clutha Fisheries Trust and the UCTT. 

The project has the support of QLDC, who are part funding the project, along with Department of Conservation and the Walking Access Commission.

The donation was approved at the Trust’s recent board meeting, where trustees granted a number of donations across the region.

The Otago Bridge Club was also a significant beneficiary receiving a $70,000 donation to support the acquisition of the land the clubrooms are situated on. Otago Bridge Club is one of the oldest in New Zealand, established in 1936. After a few years of declining membership, the club has been active in reinventing itself and today is the largest in the Otago / Southland region with over 460 active members.

Paul Hudson President of the Otago Bridge Club said the club is delighted to be a step closer to assuring its long term financial security.

Hudson highlights that the eventual purchase of the land has been on the Club’s radar for the past 40 years.

“It goes without saying that we are pleased to now be a step closer to safeguarding the future of the club” he said.

Other donations included $20,000 to St John Cromwell for facility expansion; $18,000 to Oamaru Free Kindergarten Association for building a veranda and deck onto the Casa Nova Kindergarten; $3,500 donation to Taieri Beach School to assist with the re-roofing of the school and community pool and $3,000 to the Tokomairiro Early Learning Centre Inc to assist with cost of purchasing new playground equipment.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $306,550 to 36 community organisations in October.

 

Otago Community Trust Community Donations, October 2017

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Central Otago Friendship Network

1,500

 

Central Otago A & P Association

2,500

 

Central Otago District Council – Ophir Hall

3,000

 

Central Otago District Council - Molyneux Park

5,000

Cromwell

Cromwell College

1,000

 

St John - Cromwell Area Committee

20,000

Dunedin

Kiwi Swim Club Inc

1,000

 

Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra Inc

1,200

 

Kaikorai Grays Sport & Travel Inc

1,500

 

Dunedin Musicians Club Inc

3,000

 

Athletics Otago Inc

3,500

 

Taieri Beach School

3,500

 

Dunedin Choral Society

4,000

 

Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust

4,000

 

Koputai Kids After School Programme

10,000

 

Otago Polytechnic - School of Social Services, English Language Centre

15,000

 

Otago Bridge Club

70,000

Milton

Tokomairiro Early Learning Centre Inc

3,000

Mosgiel

Taieri District Pony Club Inc

1,000

 

Mosgiel Central Kindergarten

2,500

Oamaru

Waitaki Summer Music Camp

2,000

 

Citizens Advice Bureau - North Otago

3,500

 

CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc

5,000

 

Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations Committee

8,000

 

Oamaru Free Kindergarten Association Inc

18,000

Otago

Chamber Music New Zealand Trust

6,000

 

Untouched World Charitable Trust

6,000

 

AphasiaNZ Charitable Trust

1,800

 

Footnote New Zealand Dance

2,500

 

Cavalcade Host Town Comm Inc

4,000

 

Connected Media Charitable Trust

5,000

 

Interpreting New Zealand

5,550

Wanaka

Queenstown Lakes District Council - Summerdaze Festival

5,000

 

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust

15,000

 

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

30,000

 

Queenstown Lakes District Council - Allenby Community Park

33,000

 

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