Vincent groups receive grants for promotion of area
Nearly $60,000 of grants were handed out by the Vincent Community Board last week. The money had been allocated in the Central Otago District Council’s Long Term Plan for promotional activities in Alexandra and Earnscleugh-Manuherikia. The board had $48,204 to contribute to activities in Alexandra, with the lion’s share of $30,000 going to the Promote Alexandra group. The money would be spent on the Sparks in the Park event, Big Bang Bike Weekend, the Love Summer Love Alex festivities, the Craft Beer, Food and Wine Festival which was held for the first time last month, and a new mid-winter Christmas event. The funding also allowed for a 16-page information brochure on the district, Christmas decorations, a part-time administrator and project manager, and marketing. Board member and Promote Alexandra event manager, Martin McPherson, left the room while the board allocated the funds, after answering questions about the events the group was seeking funding for. These included whether the date of the Craft Beer, Food and Wine Festival should be changed from the first weekend in January because it clashed with events in other parts of the district. Some board members felt the festival should be held between Christmas and New Year when there was a lack of events and more people in the town. The Alexandra Entranceways Group received $14,000 for signs at the town’s boundaries. The Central Otago District Arts Trust was granted $4204 for its Arts Gold Awards. The group hoped the well-known judges it had secured would help attract a high calibre of entries. The Earnscleugh-Manuherikia promotions budget of $10,712 went to the Clyde on Sunday events and the development of a booklet on the social history of Clyde and Dunstan. The Clyde on Sunday activities, which included a new event called Cuisine at Clyde, received $6592 and $4120 was allocated to the booklet. The groups would report back to the board on the success of their activities and provide their accounts.