Community grants axed
A revamp is planned for Rodney Local Board Grants which will see three large funds totalling $630,000 take the place of local community grants. The board met on June 15 to allocate the final local community grants.
Funding of $147,489 was granted across 18 applications including Rodney Neighbourhood Support, Kawau Volunteer Coastguard and Plunket. The Mahurangi Sport and Recreation Collective received $12,000 to go towards the Mahu Bike and Skate Park. This will be the last time the Rodney Local Board allocates such grants. From July 2017 to June 2018, three large funds will be established instead. Twohundred submissions supported the change while 52 opposed it.
‘‘We know people want to see real progress on the ground in Rodney,’’ said Rodney Local Board Chairperson Beth Houlbrooke.
‘‘This year our local board is redoubling its efforts in the areas where it can deliver results.’’
The funds will go towards restoring waterways, designing walkways and cycleways, local community-run events and enabling community groups to purchase equipment.
The board also approved several work programmes at the meeting and adopted the Puhoi to Pakiri Greenways Plan, which will see pedestrian and cycling paths established in the surrounding area. The plan has received widespread support.
Funds will go towards cycleways and walkways in Rodney.