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Big grants from local board

Posted at 12:37pm Tuesday 01 Oct, 2019

One of the final tasks of the outgoing Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members at their last meeting, on September 18, was the allocation of grants.

The largest grants, of $10,000 each, went to the Weiti Boating Club, Centrestage Theatre, the Metro Park Community Sports Charitable Trust and Friends of Okura Bush. The boating club money is for a replacement pontoon. This will be used for boats to tie up at and the local board made public access to the pontoon a condition of the grant. At Metro Park East, the grant is for mechanical and engineering services for building a pavilion.

Centrestage will use its grant towards the lighting costs of Oliver. Its request for a further $10,000 towards upgrading its sound and lighting equipment was declined as “lower priority”.

Friends of Okura Bush will use the money to expand services to Stillwater and the East Coast Bays Rd areas.

The Silverdale Area Business Association was given $6000 of the $8750 it requested towards the salary of a business coordinator. The association said in its application that this part time role is needed because it “desperately needs some on the ground support to grow business support and awareness for working collaboratively as a business community”.

Other local grants include: Hibiscus Coast Concert Band, $1968 towards the purchase of an IT pencil to digitise music; Garden to Table Trust, $6000 to deliver its programme in local schools; Age Concern Rodney, $2000 towards its Christmas concert; Hibiscus Coast branch of NZ Society of Genealogists, $5000 for two computers; North Shore Riding for the Disabled, $4200 to host a community day; Stoney Homestead Trust, $5000 towards a community garden; Rotary Orewa Satellite Club, $3000 for its Greek Extravaganza fundraiser; Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing, $2000 towards fence hire for Weetbix TRYathlon; SupShed, $5000 towards water safety when delivering a summer series of beach and water based activities; Hibiscus Sea Rescue Trust, $5949 towards purchase of a scoop stretcher and communication system; Manly Sailing Club, $5000 towards purchase of an outboard motor for rescue boat; Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club, $5000 for goals and nets for youth summer football programme.

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