Community trust vehicles get new home
After losing their home in the earthquake the Kaikoura Community Trust’s vehicles are now back under cover in a brand new garage.
The trust opened their new garage at The Tar Depot, Scarborough St on Thursday.
Chair Gwyneth Weaver cut the yellow ribbon and thanked everyone for the team effort.
The red shed, built by PT Wilson Builders on land leased from the Kaikoura District Council, was officially opened on Thursday.
Trustee Rebecca Wilson said the trust needed somewhere permanent to store the vehicles because the garage they had been in was damaged in the earthquake.
In the meantime the vehicles had been temporarily stored at people’s homes.
The Community Vehicle have two vehicles which are used for the elderly, less mobile or hospital patients for outings.
The car is for people who can’t drive long distances and is often used to take residents to Christchurch for appointments.
The nine-seater van stays closer to home, and is used around town to take residents unable to drive to medical appointments and community social events. It is fitted with a wheel chair lift.
‘‘The advantages of having the vehicles allow people to remain living in Kaikoura much longer.’’
There are about 30 volunteers who help drive the vehicles.
‘‘They are well-used, but we’d like them to be used more,’’ said Wilson.
Kaikoura Community Vehicle Trust is a non-profit organisation funded by Environment Canterbury but do charge a small fee for running costs.
Environment Canterbury community transport chair Tony Henderson said the transport was mainly used for people who were unable to transport themselves that are maybe ill or don’t like to drive long distances.
‘‘The advantages of having the vehicles allow people to remain living in Kaikoura much longer.
‘‘They can get to appointments without relying on on neighbours or family.’’
Funding for the shed came from a $30,000 funding lotteries grant and $10,000 the Rata Foundation.
The Kaikoura Community Trust was set up in 2014, from the previously named Community Care Association.
Chair Gwyneth Weaver cut the ribbon to officially open the new red shed housing the Kaikoura Community Vehicle Trust vehicles.