$95,000 grant boosts turf project

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A substantial grant to help with the cost of replacing the recreational turf at Centennial Park has been received by the North Otago Recreational Turf Trust. The Otago Community Trust has allocated $95,000 in funding to the project. That should result in a new turf being in place for the start of the next hockey season on April 1, North Otago Recreational Turf Trust chairman Ray Simpson told the Otago Daily Times this week. The present water-based turf was originally laid in 1999 and, thanks to a “very strict maintenance management programme”, had exceeded its 10-year lifespan. However, it has now become impractical and uneconomical to continue to repair it. The new turf, also water-based, will come at a cost of $420,000.
The trust had set aside $140,000 to replace the playing surface, which will be located within a fence line of 10,000sq m. The North Otago Hockey Association has about 600 members who use the turf 11 months of the year.
Other grants allocated by the trust included $1000 to the Oamaru Combined Churches outreach programme to help with the cost of Christmas food parcels for North Otago families in need. Last year, Oamaru Combined Churches helped more than 500 families and individuals. The Waitaki Summer Music Camp received $2000 for its 10-day training course for orchestral musicians, to be held at Waitaki Boys’ High School in January.
Next year marks the camp’s 21st anniversary, and it is expected to attract more than 70 musicians from around the country. The camps start with four days of chamber music before six days of orchestra with full rehearsals and tutored sectionals.
A grant of $2600 made to the North Otago Yacht and Power Boat Club to buy three training boats to be used by the club’s youth sailors. Founded about 70 years ago, the club has more than 300 members in its sailing, power boat and under-water sections.