Funds boost for Aon­gatete For­est, Ed­u­ca­tion

Waihi Leader - - News -

The Aon­gatete For­est Project and Aon­gatete Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion have re­ceived a big fi­nan­cial boost from the Trust Western Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil.

It re­ceived a share of $100,000 along­side 24 other com­mu­nity groups across the dis­trict.

The Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund was Coun­cil’s an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­nity groups that show out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to their com­mu­ni­ties and that can “match” Coun­cil’s cash grant — be it in vol­un­teer hours, cash in hand or sim­i­lar match­ing cri­te­ria.

Com­mu­ni­ties Com­mit­tee Chair­man Peter Mackay says it is al­ways great to see so many com­mu­nity groups vie for the Fund.

“It’s a tough task to nar­row down the ap­pli­cants to en­able the $100,000 to be spread ef­fec­tively.

“How­ever the suc­cess of this Fund is its em­pha­sis on en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity groups to show how much they are help­ing them­selves be­fore seek­ing Coun­cil fund­ing — it is a hand-up rather than a hand­out.”

Coun­cil re­ceived 45 ap­pli­ca­tions ask­ing for $447,692 from the 2018 Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund.

This is the fourth year of the Match­ing Fund, which has $40,000 ear­marked for en­vi­ron­men­tal work and the bal­ance of $60,000 for other com­mu­nity projects.

Six en­vi­ron­men­tal groups were suc­cess­ful — Aon­gatete For­est Project $4000; Aon­gatete Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Trust $8000; Friends of Puke­toki Re­serve in Whakama¯rama $2000; Ko­tuku­tuku Gully Maketu $6000; Te Whakakaha Con­ser­va­tion Trust $10,000 and Ro­toehu Eco­log­i­cal Trust $10,000.

The $60,000 for com­mu­nity projects is dis­trib­uted across 21 groups in the Katikati/Waihi Beach, Kaimai and Maketu¯/Te Puke wards — each re­ceiv­ing between $500 and $5000. They in­clude work­ing for youth, out­door re­cre­ation and sports, com­mu­nity en­hance­ment pro­grammes, con­tribut­ing to el­der health and as­sist­ing ser­vice groups to fill gaps in com­mu­nity needs.

The full list of suc­cess­ful Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund ap­pli­cants is on Coun­cil’s web­site: www.west­ern­bay.govt.nz

Judg­ing cri­te­ria in­cludes that the re­cip­i­ent ful­fils an ex­ist­ing or emerg­ing com­mu­nity need, has a de­gree of pub­lic ben­e­fit and is free to the pub­lic, con­trib­utes to social, recre­ational, cul­tural or en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes, com­mit to match a 50 per cent share in cash or kind from the re­cip­i­ent’s ef­forts and is con­sis­tent with coun­cil’s strate­gic com­mu­nity work, such as Com­mu­ni­ties Strat­egy, Wel­com­ing Com­mu­ni­ties and Safer Com­mu­ni­ties pro­grammes.

PHOTO/FILE

The del­i­cate white ra¯ta¯ can be found in the Aon­gatete for­est.

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