The latest round of Meridian’s community fund Power Up has awarded funding to four Southland community groups.
The Waiau Star Rugby Club will be able to purchase a new mower to tend to Tuatapere Domain, Jim Hansen Park, and Dr Eric Elder Park.
The Port Craig Viaducts Trust has also been awarded funding to support the preservation of Southland’s historic viaducts.
Built in the 1920s, the Port Craig viaducts are highly significant structures in the history of milling and engineering in New Zealand.
The four structures make up the largest remaining mill viaduct precinct in the world, with the Percy Burn viaduct being the world’s largest remaining mill tramway viaduct.
Over the last 15 years the Port Craig viaducts have become a centrepiece of the Hump Ridge Track, attracting tourists to Fiordland National Park – the home to Meridian’s Manapouri power station.
Meridian Energy’s Power Up chair Mat Bayliss says Meridian is delighted to support people helping their community to thrive.
The four Southland groups to receive funding in the latest round of Power Up are:
- Clifden School Playgroup - $4,000 towards the construction of a new, safer playground.
- Fiordland Racquets Club - $40,000 to resurface the courts at Fiordland College, pending confirmation the Club has sufficient funds to complete the project.
- Waiau Star Rugby Club - $5,000 towards the purchase of a new community mower and trailer.
- Southland’s Port Craig Viaducts Charitable Trust - $20,000 to restore and reopen the Percy Burn Viaduct, pending confirmation the Trust has sufficient funds to complete the project.
Total funding awarded to Southland community groups: $69,000.
Power Up supports local projects in the areas near Meridian’s wind farms and hydro stations. For more information visit: www.meridianenergy.co.nz/powerup