Community trust gives $100,000 to cycle trail

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Four North Otago organisations have been boosted by grants from the latest round of Otago Community Trust funding.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail received the biggest grant, of $100,000, and three smaller projects were also given a cheque.
The Awamoa Bowling Club was granted $2000 to help buy a roller for its greens.
President Peter Bell said the club’s roller was on its last legs and it cost $10,000 for a new one. The club had raised almost $4500 through its own efforts, including selling cheese rolls.
A condition of the grant is that the money has to be spent within a year, so Mr Bell said more fundraising was needed to hit target.
“This funding is a big motivation to come up with some more ideas.”The Oamaru Tap Dancing Association received $1000, which will be used to hire the Oamaru Opera House for the association’s tap dancing competitions next month.
Secretary Dianne Mills said 62 competitors would arrive from around the South Island for the 50th annual competitions.
“The Opera House is a great venue and competitors like the atmosphere,” she said.
The Central Coast Country Music Association was granted $700 to help with its 30th annual country music competition.
Treasurer Carol Mackay said there would be big celebrations for the 30th year, and they would cost almost $12,000. The grant would be spent on administration costs, such as digital signs and programmes for the event.
She said the funding had been “amazing” and a great benefit to the club.
“Costs are so high and getting higher every year. We wouldn’t be able to run it without the funding.
The Community Trust boost capped a big week for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
Its $100,000 grant is to be used to help get more of the trail from Duntroon to Oamaru off-road, and follows a $106,250 boost from the Government.