Meridian Community Fund hits the slopes
Friday 01 June 2012
Over $77,000 has been granted to a broad range of Waitaki Valley community groups in the latest allocation from Meridian Energy’s Waitaki Community Fund.
“Supporting projects that create direct benefits for the community is really important to us” says Mat Bayliss, Asset Maintenance Manager at Meridian and acting chair of the Waitaki Community Fund. “These nine projects are meeting a genuine community need, and we’re proud to be associated with them” says Mat.
Awakino ski field will replace their aging tow-rope with a $6,000 grant from Meridian. “The new tow-rope has come just in time for the 2012 winter season, which is a real relief” says David Campbell, secretary of the Waitaki Ski Club. “The field has been operating for a number of years now. With the support of Meridian we can continue to give our community access to the mountains at an affordable price” says David.
A new on-demand transport service will now be available to residents in Twizel and Tekapo thanks to a grant of $15,000 from Meridian. “Since the weekly bus service was cancelled, the less mobile members of our community have struggled to get around” says Graeme Palmer, Chairperson of the Tekapo-Twizel Community Vehicle Trust. “We’re really looking forward to getting this new service started, which we’ve based on a successful model used in Waimate and Geraldine” says Graeme.
Meridian’s award-winning* Waitaki Community Fund supports community development initiatives in the Waitaki Basin. Over $1.8 million has been granted to more than 200 local community projects over the last five years, including environmental conservation, volunteer emergency services, schools, local events, education programs, and heritage restoration.
Projects supported in this round of Meridian’s Waitaki Community Fund include:
Glenavy Women’s Institute
$1,670 will purchase custom-built storage for the Institute’s archives, memorabilia, costumes & equipment.
Glenavy Community Hall
$8,500 will re-roof the Glenavy Community Hall, which is in desperate need of replacement after recent maintenance work uncovered rust and holes on the south-facing roof.
Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Reserve Working Party
$500 will support an International Starlight workshop at Aoraki. This workshop is part of the Party’s plan to obtain World Heritage status for the Mackenzie Country’s renowned night sky.
Waitaki Ski Club
$6,127 will purchase a new tow rope for the Waitaki Ski Club, meaning the club can open for the 2012 ski season.
Anglican Care South Canterbury
$500 will assist the Twizel Girls Well-Being Club. The aim of the club is to help young women with self-esteem, positive communication, mental and physical health, and creativity.
Papakaio Netball Club
$2,180 will purchase new uniforms and tracksuits for the Papakaio Netball Club.
Kurow Golf Club
$18,000 will help purchase a greens mower for the Kurow Golf Club.
Twizel-Tekapo Community Vehicle Trust
$15,000 will purchase two vehicles for the Twizel-Tekapo Community Trust. The vehicles will provide an affordable on-demand transport service to Twizel and Tekapo residents.
NZ Alpine Club Inc
$20,000 will fund native planting and landscaping work around Unwin Lodge located at Aoraki Mt Cook.
* Meridian Energy's Waitaki Community Fund is a Sustainable 60 Award winner. The Awards recognise some of New Zealand's most sustainable businesses. Find out more at www.sustainable60.co.nz
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