The Eastern and Central Community Trust is donating $30,000 to the Greytown Trails Trust to complete stage two of its cycling and walking trail from Greytown to Woodside Station.
"It's a real asset to the community and is becoming a popular link between the station and the town. The road is busy and dangerous, without any verges," says chairman Gerad Taylor.
"The key appeal of this trail is its distinct destination of Greytown. Many other trails around New Zealand are loops or pathways through countryside."
Community Trust Donations Manager Bev Watkins describes the trail as an exciting initiative for Greytown, creating a great community asset.
The first stage of the trail has been completed and the Community Trust donation provides a third of the $90,000 needed to build the second 2.5 kilometres.
Construction of the trail involves a large number of residents and community organisations, including Rotary, Lions, Kuranui College, Taratahi Agricultural College and local contractors.
A $25,000 donation is also being made to Douglas Park School for an all-weather turf. The school has four hockey teams, five netball, five softball and four T-ball teams, with other children also playing miniball and touch. The roll is nearing 400, and the turf will provide a durable, outdoor multi-use surface for sport and physical education.
The Riversdale Surf Life Saving Club receives a donation of $6,000 for a utility quad vehicle. Mrs Watkins says the club provides a seven-day-a-week service through summer. She says the surf club has become a main first aid station following the withdrawal of district nursing services at the beach. Riversdale also provides beach education for schools throughout Wairarapa.
Another small but important donation, of $2,000, goes to the Carterton Town and Country Development Group to restore three of the original gaslights installed in the town in the late 19th Century. They are to be restored for connection and use in the historic precinct around the Events Centre, which received $100,000 in an earlier donation from the Community Trust.
The Community Trust is also providing a total $34,000 in minor donations to a range of groups throughout Wairarapa. It has already announced a $100,000 donation for development of the Masterton Motorplex.
- Wairarapa News