Vin­cent groups re­ceive grants for pro­mo­tion of area

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JES­SICA MAD­DOCK

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.

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