Broad Bay Boating Club fundraising gathers momentum

31 May 2021

Media Release

The Broad Bay Boating Club is set for a revamp as plans to rejuvenate the ageing facilities and create a more functional and multipurpose community space are gathering momentum.

The boating club rooms will receive a makeover with the help of a $150,000 grant from Otago Community Trust.

Diccon Sim, chair of Otago Community Trust said the grant which was approved at the Trust’s May board meeting held last week is the first significant grant the Broad Bay Boating Club has received toward the project.

“We are pleased to be one of the first funders to commit substantially to the project which will ultimately enhance the overall community access to the building and ensure that it is fit for purpose for modern day use.”

In addition to supporting the club's primary function as a boating club, the completed project will provide an attractive multipurpose community space which will serve future generations on the Otago Peninsula, said Sim.

Ann Shacklady-Smith from the Broad Bay Boating Club committee said the news of our successful grant application came as a “tremendous boost” to our club members. 

“They have worked tirelessly to get the vision for the necessary Broad Bay Boating Club rebuild from concept to design and now, thanks to the OCT support, we can move into the rebuild phase.” 

“The project will not only deliver a modernised boat club and improved facilities, to be enjoyed by our increasing Peninsula community, it will also extend our capacity for training school children and help more people to enjoy water sports safely.” 

We now have a real prospect of completing the rebuild in time for our centenary in 2023 and perhaps re-establish the historic Dunedin to Broad Bay annual New Year’s Day Regatta, Shacklady-Smith said.

Other organisations benefiting from community grants in May include the Central Otago District Council who were awarded a $59,000 grant to support the stage upgrade of the Alexandra Theatre; Te Kura O Take Kārara in Wanaka were awarded a $20,000 grant to support the development of a new school pump track; Dunedin’s iconic iD Fashion Gala received a $25,000 boost to assist with the cost of holding the iD Dunedin Fashion Gala on the 19th of June 2021. 

Regular annual grants to the Skeggs Foundation ($21,100), Otago Medical Research Foundation ($80,000) and the Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand ($120,000) were also approved to support the valuable work they do for the communities and people of Otago.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $622,980 to 24 community organisations in May 2021.


Otago Community Trust Grants, May 2021


Central Otago District Council



Omakau School



Cromwell Combined Society of Arts and Crafts Inc



Amputee Society of Otago & Southland Inc



Arcade Theatre Trust



Broad Bay Boating Club Inc



Citizens Advice Bureau - Dunedin



Dunedin Community House Trust Inc



East Otago Musical Theatre Incorporated



iD Dunedin Fashion Inc Soc



Otago Medical Research Foundation



Waikouaiti Riding for Disabled



Chamber Music at the World's Edge Foundation



Chamber Music New Zealand Trust



Indian Ink Trust



Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc



Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand



Parent to Parent - Otago Branch



Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust



Skeggs Foundation



Mt Aspiring Netball Club



NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust



Te Kura O Take Kārara