Com­mu­nity board de­clines Grey Power fund­ing

Hawke's Bay Today - - Dannervirke News -

A re­quest from the Dan­nevirke and Dis­tricts Grey Power com­mit­tee for fund­ing to con­tinue the free trans­port of mem­bers in the com­mu­nity car to monthly meet­ings had com­mu­nity board mem­bers shak­ing their heads this week.

Ali­son Bur­son, Grey Power sec­re­tary, had writ­ten to the com­mu­nity board ask­ing for $1000 for 2019 be­cause they were re­luc­tant to dis­con­tinue fund­ing the free ser­vice for their mem­bers.

How­ever, com­mu­nity board mem­ber Terry Hynes said he strug­gled with the re­quest.

“This board put money into the Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle Trust which charges $5 for a re­turn trip within the hour, or $6 other­wise and I have a prob­lem if some­one can’t af­ford $6, then some­thing is wrong,” he said.

Ross Mac­Don­ald, chair­man of the com­mu­nity board, also queried the re­quest.

“Grey Power have a big mem­ber­ship, why can’t those who can’t drive be picked up by other mem­bers?” he said.

Mrs Bur­son’s let­ter said a mon­e­tary do­na­tion from one of Grey Power’s mem­bers en­abled the or­gan­i­sa­tion to in­sti­gate and fund the free ser­vice which is be­ing used by more mem­bers.

Mr Mac­Don­ald said he thought the $1000 be­ing re­quested would fund 10 years of free com­mu­nity ve­hi­cle trips and he rec­om­mended his board de­cline the re­quest on the grounds that the com­mu­nity car was a ser­vice for the pub­lic, with its fares al­ready heav­ily sub­sidised.

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