Funding boost for Palmerston Bike Park

  • 08-Nov-18
  • Media Release

The Palmerston Bike Park received a funding boost from the latest round of grants from the Otago Community Trust. A $20,000 grant was awarded to support the development of a sealed cycle track and a clay-skills track adjacent to the existing skate park in Palmerston.

The sealed track will be similar to the Bike Park in Oamaru at Friendly Bay albeit on a smaller scale. Like the Friendly Bay bike park, it will be designed to teach children road safety.

Waitaki District Council - Projects Officer, Mark Burgher said it has been the desire of the Waihemo Community Board and the Waitaki District Council to provide this facility to the community. 

“The bike park will be located within the existing Centennial Park. This is a community space which also houses the skate park and a playground with climbing wall, swings etc… We believe having a wide range of activities in a single location will provide an attractive community facility for the people of Palmerston” said Burgher. 

The project has the support of Waitaki District Council who are part funding the project. It is hoped that the bike park will be completed in mid-2019. 

Other organisations benefiting from grants in October included the Academy South Island Education Trust who received a $15,000 grant to support the Connecting Coaches Conference which will be held in Dunedin in late November. 

A proportion of the Otago Community Trust funding will specifically support rural Otago coaches to attend the 2018 Connecting Coaches Conference, explains Michael Coutts – Academy Manager. 

“Attendance will allow rural Otago coaches to meet coaches from a variety of different sports and share knowledge and expertise on how to be a better coach” he said.

Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust received a $10,100 grant to continue the valuable services they provide to the community. Lifeline Support – Otago continues to receive over 5,000 calls from the Otago District per year.

Lifeline brings an easily accessible service to people helping them to re-connect with the community wherever they are in Otago. Otago Community Trust is pleased to be able to support the continued delivery of this service, said Trust Chief Executive, Barbara Bridger.

The trust’s October funding round also included the second round of the Otago Community Trust and Dunedin City Council Arts Capability funding. Just over $60,000 was distributed amongst 12 Dunedin based arts and culture organisations for capability-based initiatives in areas of governance and management.  

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $349,823 to 41 community organisations in October.


Otago Community Trust Community Donations, October 2018


Central Otago A & P Association



Clutha Country Music Club



Cromwell and District Returned and Services Association



The Otago Early Childhood & Schools Maori & Pacific Island Festival Trust



Dunedin Symphony Orchestra



The Connections Education and Development Trust



The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Trust



Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust



Dunedin Collaborative Theatre Trust



Prospect Park Productions NZ



Down in Edin Magazine



Otago Art Society Inc



Friends of the Globe Theatre Inc



Otago Festival of the Arts Trust



Caselberg Trust



Otago Golf Club Inc



Academy South Island Education Trust



Carers Society Otago



Dunedin Gymnastics Academy



Collegiate Orchestra



Roslyn Kindergarten



Pioneer Opportunities & Resources Trust



Diabetes NZ Otago Branch



Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ - Otago Branch



Warrington Primary School



Taieri College



Saddle Hill Foundation Trust



East Taieri School



Mosgiel Playcentre



Waitaki District Council - Palmerston Bike Park



Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations Committee



Harbour Street Jazz Incorporated



Waitaki Boys High School



Barnardos Kidstart Childcare Oamaru



Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust



Royal New Zealand Ballet



Untouched World Charitable Trust



Roxburgh District Medical Services Trust



Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust



Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust



Cavalcade Host Town Comm Inc



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