Cen­tral En­ergy Trust dona­tion gives WILDBASE RE­COV­ERY the green­light

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

With the an­nounce­ment of a $2mil­lion dona­tion to the Wildbase Re­cov­ery Cen­tre, the project has now not only got a new name, but a green light on the de­vel­op­ment.

In recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion from Cen­tral En­ergy Trust the cen­tre has now been named Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Wildbase Re­cov­ery. The dona­tion brings the to­tal amount raised to $5.6 mil­lion, just $100,000 shy of the tar­get, which means the project will now go to ten­der while fundrais­ing is com­pleted. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in early 2017 and will take around 12 months to com­plete. Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Chair­man Rod Tit­combe says the Trust has taken a keen in­ter­est in this col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, Massey Univer­sity, Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, and Ran­gitāne O Manawatū. “The Wildbase Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust and the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil have made a huge ef­fort in rais­ing the con­sid­er­able funds re­quired to get the Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Wildbase Re­cov­ery Cen­tre off the ground. Our Trust al­lows for the financing of ac­tiv­i­ties or projects which are of so­cial, ed­u­ca­tional or gen­eral ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity. Given the com­mit­ment the com­mu­nity has made to­wards this worth­while project, Cen­tral En­ergy Trustees were pleased to in­crease our com­mit­ment from $480,000 to a to­tal of $2mil­lion.” The dona­tion was ac­cepted by Wildbase Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust Chair Roger Kennedy, who says it re­in­forced the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of the Cen­tral En­ergy Trust for the project.

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has also agreed to put in an ad­di­tional $500,000 bring­ing the Coun­cil’s to­tal con­tri­bu­tion to $1.37 mil­lion. Palmer­ston North Mayor Grant Smith says Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Wildbase Re­cov­ery will be a sig­nif­i­cant as­set for the City, the re­gion and the nation. “It will be a vis­i­ble demon­stra­tion of our City’s com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment. Vic­to­ria Es­planade is al­ready a ma­jor at­trac­tion. A project of this sig­nif­i­cance will be a huge draw­card for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.” Mr Kennedy says the Trust is ex­tremely thank­ful to all the spon­sors to date. “In par­tic­u­lar we wish to thank the Ro­tary and Lions Clubs, who have played crit­i­cal roles in sup­port­ing and fundrais­ing.” Public do­na­tions can still be made via the Wildbase Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust Givealit­tle page. https://givealit­tle.co.nz/ org/wild­basere­cov­ery/do­na­tions

Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Wildbase Re­cov­ery will be built and owned by Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and co-man­aged by Massey Univer­sity’s Vet­eri­nary School, work­ing along­side DOC, lo­cal iwi, Ro­tary, and Lions.

“Cen­tral En­ergy Trust was one of our very first fi­nan­cial sup­port­ers over two years ago. With­out their early and un­con­di­tional sup­port the project could not have even be­gun."

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