Arches project seeks more fund­ing

Clutha Leader - - CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS - MARY-JO TO­HILL

A $14,000 short­fall in fund­ing is hold­ing up the start of the Lawrence Arches green space project, its man­agers say.

Lawrence Her­itage Trust chair­man Roger Cot­ton spoke at a Lawrence-Tuapeka Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing last Wed­nes­day, out­lin­ing progress to­wards rais­ing $33,000 to es­tab­lish the Lawrence Arches.

This would utilise the tim­ber arches from the old Lawrence swim­ming pool build­ing, at the eastern end of town, with the rest to be de­mol­ished by the Clutha District Coun­cil, at a sep­a­rate cost of $25,000.

The her­itage trust had so far raised $19,000; $10,000 from a Char­i­ta­ble Trusts Foun­da­tion grant, $3000 from the Tuapeka West Com­mu­nity Trust, $4850 from the Lawrence Lions Swede Com­pe­ti­tion, and $1150 from pri­vate do­na­tions.

The trust had ap­plied for $2000 from the Evans Flat So­cial So­ci­ety, and Food­stuffs Com­mu­nity Trust, for $6000.

It had also sought fund­ing from the Clutha District Coun­cil’s Kate Les­lie Trust for $3,000, which was later granted at the meet­ing.

How­ever, Cot­ton asked mem­bers to con­sider a re­quest for a fur­ther $3000 from the board’s general pur­poses/her­itage fund.

In his writ­ten sub­mis­sion he says: ‘‘The Lawrence Her­itage Trust feels that if the project can­not be ready to go by Novem­ber, it will be an op­por­tu­nity lost. The short­fall is the only hold up.’’

Com­mu­nity board mem­ber Paul Tans­ley was scep­ti­cal about the ‘‘top-up’’ re­quest.

‘‘When did it be­come a com­mu­nity board thing?

‘‘It was sup­posed to be self­fund­ing.’’

He stressed he wasn’t against the project, but felt the re­quest was a ‘‘change’’ from the orig­i­nal mo­tion, which sup­ported the con­cept in prin­ci­ple, and to cover the de­mo­li­tion costs.

How­ever, the mo­tion did not ap­pear to pre­clude the trust from ap­proach­ing the com­mu­nity board for fund­ing, Clutha District coun­cil­lor and board mem­ber Ge­off Black­more said.

The trust was ob­vi­ously look­ing at ev­ery pos­si­ble av­enue to get the project across the line, board mem­ber Ge­off David­son said.

Mem­bers agreed that they needed to talk to the her­itage trust to clar­ify the po­si­tion, and would de­fer mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the fund­ing re­quest un­til the Novem­ber meet­ing.

The old swim­ming pool at Lawrence, and site of a pro­posed green space project, the Lawrence Arches.

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