Further funding secured for Te Rauone Beach project

  • 30-Jun-20
  • News Media Release

The small peninsula communities of Ōtākou and Harington Point were celebrating late last week after learning that further funding had been secured for the Te Rauone Beach project.

In its latest funding round, Otago Community Trust awarded a $180,000 grant to the Te Rauone Beach project, which will assist in the cost of constructing the groynes at Te Rauone Beach as part of the restoration project.

Our committee of five were very emotional last week when we found out our grant application had been approved, said Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee representative Des Smith.

“This has been a hugely challenging project, and while we still have some way to go, this brings our total fundraising to $300,000 and is a wonderful achievement for a very small but totally committed community.”

“This will give the local community the much-needed lift they thoroughly deserve,” Smith said.

Te Rauone, on the Otago Peninsula, is a site that has rich Māori heritage and historical significance for local rūnaka and Ōtepoti Dunedin. Otago Community Trust are very pleased to be providing funding support to this project and the peninsula communities, said Otago Community Trust chair John Wilson.

Community Builders received a $20,000 grant which will assist with the ongoing activities and initiatives of the Community Builders Group. The Community Builders Group work closely with a wide range of greater Dunedin communities supporting grass-roots community development, established and emerging community leadership, alongside sharing knowledge, expertise and providing professional development opportunities.

Otago Community Trust chief executive, Barbara Bridger said the trust is very pleased to be offering funding support to assist community-led development activity in the Otago region.

“The Trust is pleased to support place-based community leadership, sharing knowledge of best practice and building resilient local communities to empower themselves in the current COVID-19 environment” said Bridger.

The Taieri Rugby Football Club received a $40,000 grant that will support the club’s renovations. The club has suffered from a leaking roof for the past couple of years and is now at the point where it must be replaced or risk damage to the interior of the club rooms.

Other organisations benefiting from grants in June included the Milton Community Health Trust who were awarded $31,000 grant to assist with the cost of delivering community-led initiatives that support the wellbeing of whanau in the Milton area. Aspiring Biodiversity Trust were awarded a $12,000 grant to support their ongoing Makarora Catchment Threatened Species project and the Waitaki Community Gardens Trust received a $5,000 grant to help with their community garden site development.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $364,455 to 18 community organisations in June 2020.

 

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, June 2020

Alexandra

Central Otago Friendship Network

$2,400

Balclutha

Balclutha Parents Centre

$700

Dunedin

Community Builders

$20,000

 

Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust

$3,000

 

Harington Point Community Society Inc

$180,000

 

Chisholm Park Golf Club Inc

$8,000

 

NZ Chinese Assn of Otago & Southland Inc

$10,000

Milton

Lawrence Gymkhana Club

$4,000

 

Milton Community Health Trust

$31,000

Mosgiel

The Taieri Rugby Football Club Incorporated

$40,000

Oamaru

Waitaki Community Gardens Trust

$5,000

 

Omarama Gliding Club Inc

$10,000

Otago

The Boys' Brigade in NZ Inc

$12,000

 

Connected Media Charitable Trust

$7,000

 

United Way

$5,000

Wanaka

Wanaka Search and Rescue Inc

$9,355

 

Queenstown Lakes Baby Box Charitable Trust

$5,000

 

Aspiring Biodiversity Trust

$12,000

 

 

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