Further funding boost for Roxburgh Pool

  • 24-Aug-21
  • News Media Release

The Roxburgh Swimming Pool has received another funding boost in the form of a $500,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust. The sizeable capital grant was approved by the trust during its August board meeting early last week.

Roxburgh Pool Punawai Ora "Safe Water’’ Inc chairwoman Sally Feinerman said the 89-year-old pool situated at the rear of Roxburgh Area School has regrettably reached its use-by date.

Ms Feinerman said thanks to the $500,000 grant from Otago Community Trust, $920,766 from Central Lakes Trust, $200,000 from the Ida MacDonald Charitable Trust and a commitment of $500,000 from the Central Otago District Council we are now within reach of our funding target.

“We have an application in with Lotteries, so we are hopeful that this will also be successful and that we can reach our final fundraising target of $2.5 million.”

Otago Community Trust chair Diccon Sim said the trust was pleased to be providing support to the much-needed redevelopment of the community swimming pool at Roxburgh. 

The almost century-old Roxburgh pool has served its community well, but it is now time for a new modern facility to serve the community, said Sim.

The August funding round also saw the Orokonui Ecosanctuary receive support for its fence mitigation and protection project.

General manager, Amanda Symon said that the project was one of the largest capital projects that Orokonui have embarked upon since the predator proof fence was installed and the Visitor Centre built. 

“The project helps us to future-proof the ecosanctuary, mitigating risk to the fence from slips and flooding, meaning that we can continue to provide safe habitat for the many native species that call Orokonui home.”

We are still awaiting a decision from the Lottery Environment and Heritage fund for the final piece of funding but having now secured the $86,454 grant from Otago Community Trust, together with the $100,000 grant from the Otago Regional Council, we are in an excellent position to achieve that now, said Symon.

Several grants supporting community-based events were also awarded in August, including a $36,000 grant to Te Mana Ahua Ake Charitable Trust to assist with holding the much-loved Otago Early Childhood and Schools' Maori and Pacific Island Festival, "Otago Polyfest".

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said it is our hope that we see a quick resolution to this latest outbreak and that events and festivals planned can go ahead as per normal.

However, in the case that we are in lockdown for longer than anticipated we recognise some projects, programmes or events may be postponed or delayed. As organisations come to terms with what this lockdown may mean for their services, programmes or events, we encourage them to connect with us and provide an update on any changes to planned activities, said Bridger.

“Otago Community Trust wish to reassure all our community that we remain open for funding and are always available to answer funding questions.”

In total Otago Community Trust approved just over $799,000 to 32 organisations in August 2021.

 

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, August 2021

Alexandra

Alexandra Blossom Festival Inc

$5,000

 

Alexandra Musical Society Inc

$8,000

Balclutha

Our Hut Heritage Hub

$3,901

 

Jennys Companionship Group Inc

$4,000

 

Kaitangata Golf Club Inc

$5,000

 

Balclutha Gymnastics Club Inc

$1,400

 

Balclutha Golf Club Inc

$16,600

Cromwell

Cromwell and Districts Community Arts Council Inc

$1,725

Dunedin

Port Chalmers Yacht Club

$2,100

 

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

$30,000

 

Te Mana Ahua Ake Charitable Trust

$36,000

 

Dunedin Opera Company Inc (Opera Otago)

$10,000

 

Dunedin Friend-Link Trust

$6,000

 

Kavanagh College

$10,000

 

Dunedin Branch Pony Club

$7,000

 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Ltd

$86,454

 

Dance Therapy NZ

$2,000

 

Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board

$2,000

 

Viva Voce Incorporated

$2,032

Mosgiel

Taieri Christian Care Trust

$5,000

Oamaru

Weston Playcentre

$2,329

 

Waitaki Menzshed

$1,000

 

North Otago Golf Club

$10,000

 

Oamaru Rowing Club Inc

$6,000

Otago

Hiwa Navigation Ltd

$5,000

 

Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust

$10,240

 

Show Me Shorts Film Festival Trust

$4,000

 

The UpsideDowns Education Trust

$5,000

 

Otago Fish & Game Council

$2,020

 

Ignition Children's Book Festival Charitable Trust

$5,000

 

New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Inc

$5,000

Roxburgh

Roxburgh Pool, Punawai Ora 'Safe Water' Inc

$500,000

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