The Roxburgh Gorge trail under construction at the Lake Roxburgh Narrows. Photo supplied.
The Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail has received a welcome
Christmas present - $100,000 worth of gravel for the new
cycle and walking track. The donation was announced by the
Otago Community Trust this week - the biggest in the trust's
November-December round of funding.
Trail trust chairman Stephen Jeffery, of Roxburgh, said the
grant was ''very much appreciated'' and had been tagged for
gravel on the 34km track, which stretches between Alexandra
and the Roxburgh Dam.
The northern 10km of the trail should be completed by April.
The southern 10km was completed apart from gravelling. In the
middle section of the trail, two properties were going
through tenure review, which was a lengthy process, he said.
Part of the middle section would involve jetties being
constructed and a boat ride to link the southern and northern
ends of the trail.
''The level of interest in the trail is very high. We get
people asking all the time when it will be completed.''
It will link with the Clutha Gold trail from Roxburgh to
Lawrence and the Otago Central Rail Trail and is one of 18
''great rides'' in the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Otago
Community Trust chief executive Keith Ellwood said other
major grants included $60,000 for the upgrade of the Molyneux
netball courts in Alexandra, $25,000 for North Otago Search
and Rescue to construct and equip an incident command
vehicle, $50,000 for a multi-purpose community centre for the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin South Dunedin parish and
$35,000 for the 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival.
The trust gave a total of $659,650 to 60 Otago organisations
in November and December.
Grants were. - Central Otago: Dunstan High School $9000,
Central Otago Netball Centre $60,000, Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Charitable Trust $100,000, Naseby Information and Craft Inc
$300, St Bathans Area Community Association $5000, Rural Art
Deco Maniototo Inc $4800.
South Otago: Special Olympics South Otago $300, Catlins
Senior Citizens Club Inc $500, Catlins Promotions Inc $1200,
Catlins Search and Rescue $7500, Clutha District Council -
Owaka Community Centre $10,000, Clutha Rugby Football Club
Dunedin and Mosgiel: Scout Assn - St Patricks Scout Group
$500, St Leonards School $750, Wong/McDougall Film Fund
$1000, Purakaunui Block Inc $1000, Rape Crisis Dunedin Inc
$1000, Broad Bay Boating Club Inc $1500, Otago Natural
History Trust $2000, Concord School $4000, Rhododendrons for
Dunedin Trust $7500, Otago Bridge Club $10,000, iD Dunedin
Fashion Inc Soc $10,000, Dunedin Santa Parade Trust $15,000,
Otago Polytechnic - Heritage Buildings $25,000,Mayors'
Taskforce for Jobs/Otago Careers Festival $30,000, Dunedin
Fringe Arts Trust $35,000, Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin
- South Dunedin Parish $50,000, St Mary's School - Mosgiel
$7500, Dunedin Pride Organising Committee 2013 $500, Otago
School of Piping and Drumming $800, Fono Faufautua a Samoa i
Otago $1000, Otago Table Tennis Assn Inc $1000, Otago Country
Music Club $1000, Carisbrook Dunedin Cricket Club $1000,
Waitaki Summer Music Camp $1000, Fairfield Scout Group $1000,
Dance and Physical Theatre Trust $2000, Dunedin City Council
- New Year $2500, Wingatui Community Hall Society $3000,
Disability Information Service $5000, Anglican Family Care
$10,000, Port Chalmers Historical Soc $25,000, Taieri Bowling
Club $3000 and Taieri Musical Society Inc $4000.
North Otago: Oamaru Combined Churches - Outreach $1000,
Sumpter Wharf Restoration Trust $10,000, North Otago Search
and Rescue Inc $25,000. Upper Clutha: Upper Clutha
Presbyterian Parish $50,000, Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc $1000,
Montessori Children's House Wanaka $2000, Coastguard Wanaka
Lakes Inc $10,000, Wanaka Bowling Club Inc $10,000.
Waikouaiti/Palmerston: Merton Cemetery Trust $1000,
Waikouaiti Rodeo Assn $1000.
Otago: Parents Inc - Attitude Division $1000, Skeggs
Foundation $25,000, Otago Chamber of Commerce $40,000, RMH
South Island Trust $2000, Lifeline Christchurch $8500.