Nearly $270K given in grants

Roxburgh and Alexandra projects that will improve facilities for young and old have received the lion's share of the latest round of Central Lakes Trust (CLT) funding.

The two biggest grants in the $269,947 funding round went to the Teviot Valley Rest Home, which received $87,530 to create a driveway, vehicle access and canopy to the rest-home's entrance, and the Alexandra BMX Club, which received $80,000 for track improvements.

The Teviot Valley Rest Home had ''long identified'' the need to have vehicle access to its doors, trust chairman Tony Hill said.

At present, transfers were by wheelchair or walking frame either 50m uphill to the car park, or downhill to the front gate.

The Alexandra BMX Club would use its grant to improve its facility, including upgrading and modifying the start ramp, berms and track, club president Tony Nelson said.

Other grants included $10,000 to the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust for the inaugural Central Lakes Polyfest 2018 in Queenstown on October 23-25; an operational grant of $4583 to Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand to enable a Christchurch-based fieldworker to assist people with cystic fibrosis in Central Otago; and an operational grant of $30,625 to anti-cyber-bullying group Sticks 'n Stones.

World War 1 Armistice Day Commemorations also received funding, $2500 for the Alexandra Clyde RSA and $6993 for the Lake Hawea Community Centre.

Applications for other WW1 commemorations, projects and activities in the Central Lakes area needed to be submitted by October 1, as the CLT fund for this was coming to a close, a CLT statement said.


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