Paradise Trust manager Mandy Groshinski says she is focused
on helping the trust achieve its tight schedule for several
new building projects in the coming months. Photo by Guy
Three building projects expected to come to fruition in
the coming months are giving supporters of the Paradise Trust
renewed hope after fire destroyed its historic homestead a
Trust manager Mandy Groshinski discovered the fire on May 23
after returning from Glenorchy to get help after a lightning
strike caused a power blackout at the property.
Mrs Groshinski said that after three years of planning, the
trust would soon begin an upgrade of an accommodation
building known as the Annex, which, when completed, would
take over the role of the homestead until a replacement was
The upgrade would include building an additional bedroom to
make a total of three, and upgrading the veranda, kitchen,
lounge and bathroom facilities.
Another project predating the fire that had been slated to go
ahead soon was the relocation of the old Glenorchy School
House to Paradise and its refurbishment as a function and
Meanwhile, the homestead's bedroom wing - which survived the
fire - would be repaired and upgraded.
The trust's 129ha property at Paradise is used as an
accommodation facility and venue for weddings or other social
Mrs Groshinski said the trust had managed to retain most of
its bookings for the coming summer, and together, the three
buildings would fill the void left by the loss of the
homestead, and allow it to start generating income again, she
The aim was to have them completed by November 1 when it
would hold an open day and ''Rising from the Ashes'' picnic.
It was ''unbelievable'' the three projects were coming
together so soon after the fire, Mrs Groshinski said.
''Fingers crossed, the timing couldn't be better. They are
going to be the saving grace for us.''
The trust has received a grant of $70,000 from the Central
Lakes Trust in the past week towards the Annex and Glenorchy
School House projects.
Trust chairman Tom Pryde said it planned to rebuild a
homestead ''of some description'' within two years, but the
Annex and schoolhouse projects would allow it to maximise its
income in the meantime.
Depending on the outcome of other funding applications, he
hoped work on the projects would begin by the middle of next