Com­mu­nity grants axed

Rodney Times - - HEALTH - MICHAEL CURREEN

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.

KIRK HAR­G­REAVES

Funds will go to­wards cy­cle­ways and walk­ways in Rod­ney.

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