Community benefits from fund
A handful of Mackenzie community groups are better off, thanks to the latest grants from the Meridian Waitaki Community Fund.
The fund provided a $100,000 grant to the newly proposed Twizel Medical Centre, and also gave $35,000 to the Kurow Museum Committee to help refurbish and renovate the historic museum shop and surrounding land.
"When operational, the museum shop will be home to community enterprises selling local produce, and will raise awareness of Kurow, the Waitaki Dam and Waitaki Valley, showcasing pioneering farming techniques," Kurow Museum Committee member John Sturgeon said.
Other local projects to receive grants from the fund included Twizel Free Kindergarten Committee, which was given more than $8000 for double glazing and installation of a roof for the kindergarten, more than $6500 for two new single skiffs for the Twizel Rowing Club, and more than $6000 to the Residents Association of Omarama for a range of sporting equipment.
More than $2000 was given to the Omarama School for a glasshouse and shade house for the student vegetable garden, and Mount Cook School Charitable Trust received $1500 for preschool educational equipment.
The Twizel Community Trust was awarded $1000 for a new computer.
"The projects the Meridian Community Fund supports really do make a huge difference to the community and environment. We're very proud to help support local projects," Meridian Waitaki Community Fund chairman Mat Bayliss said.
The Timaru Herald