Grant secured for Roys Peak communication facility

  • 09-Apr-18
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $66,500 grant to the Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association (UCRTUA) in its first donation round for 2018.

The Wanaka community group has been seeking funding to upgrade the communications facility on Roys Peak, which provides important VHF communication for several organisations such as the local LANDSAR, the coastguard and the Department of Conservation, as well as coverage for emergency call outs.

UCRTUA spokesperson Ian Galloway said a lightning strike on the facility in early February put the 5km long power cable to the site totally out of commission.

“Repairing the cable, which was installed around 35 years ago, was deemed uneconomic and our association is now desperately seeking funding to upgrade the facility for Upper Clutha community,” Galloway said.

“The grant from Otago Community Trust it is a great boost of assurance for us and has come at an ideal time, with a recent break-in causing damage to the repeater station, it is pleasing to receive some positive news”.

The association will now be working hard towards advancing the required upgrade before winter. It is hoped that completion could be reached before the end of May, but “this will be dependent on several factors, suitable weather conditions being just one” Galloway said. 

The Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association was established in November 1977. The association is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and has around 78 members. The association is proposing to power the facility through 24 solar panels with a back-up generator for the winter during inversion conditions or high snowfall.

Other major grants included $75,000 to the Alexandra Men’s Shed Trust to assist with constructing a new "Men's Shed"; $46,000 to the Alexandra Baptist Churchto assist with the cost of renovating the Church's building and a $45,000 grant was awarded to support the 2018 NZ International Science Festival.

Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said the trust was also delighted to approve a $10,000 grant for the 2018 National Youth Development Conference.

The conference provides a space where youth and youth sector representatives can come together to connect, share, learn, grow and celebrate diversity and strengths, Bridger explains.

Held in Wellington this year from the 13th to 15th of August, the $10,000 grant from Otago Community Trust will enable up to ten young people from Otago to attend the conference.  

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $557,944 to 44 community organisations in March.

 

Otago Community Trust Donations, March 2018

Alexandra

Central Otago District Council - Vincent Community Board

7,900

 

Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland

8,200

 

Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust

10,000

 

Alexandra Baptist Church

46,000

 

Alexandra Men's Shed Trust

75,000

Balclutha

Catlins Medical Centre (2017) Ltd

821

Dunedin

Dunedin Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Club

300

 

Progress of Waikouaiti Area

700

 

NZ Paramedic Education & Research Charitable Trust

1,200

 

Southern Ice Hockey League

1,500

 

Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

1,553

 

OUSA Vintage and Swing Society

2,000

 

East Otago Musical Theatre Incorporated

3,000

 

Arcade Theatre Trust

4,000

 

Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust

5,000

 

Community Colleges NZ Ltd

5,000

 

St Francis Xavier School

5,200

 

Dunedin Friend-Link Trust

6,000

 

Lions Club of Balmacewen Inc

6,300

 

Dunedin Opera Company Inc (Opera Otago)

8,000

 

SADD Aotearoa

8,000

 

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

10,000

 

Disability Information Service Inc

11,000

 

Friends of the Globe Theatre Inc

20,000

 

Musical Theatre Dunedin Inc

20,000

 

Pillars Incorporated

25,000

 

Dunedin Rugby Football Club Inc

26,000

 

Community Employment

29,000

 

International Festival Environment Science Technology

45,000

Oamaru

Omarama Gliding Club (Inc)

1,000

 

Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club

1,500

 

North Otago Scout Zone

5,000

 

Steampunk NZ Trust

6,000

 

Musical Theatre Oamaru Inc

15,000

 

Otematata Residents Assoc Inc

15,000

Otago

Otago Biodynamic Community Trust

2,000

 

Young and Hungry Arts Trust

2,500

 

TalkLink Trust

3,423

 

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

4,000

 

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand

5,000

 

National Youth Development Conference

10,000

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ

17,007

Wanaka

Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre

12,340

 

Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association Incorporated

66,500

 

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