Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust received the best gift when nine days before Christmas he learned that the Community Trust South (CTS) had awarded him $ 200,000.
Each year, thousands of school-aged children stay at the 76-bed Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound Inn to experience the Fiordland region.
Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust (DCOET) chairman Michael MacManus said he was “absolutely over the moon” with the news that his renovation project application had been approved because it now allowed him to go from there. ‘before with his plans.
“We have a 40 year old building that needs to come alive and feel new.
“We have some really big plans, but $ 200,000 is a great start to get us on the path to realizing those plans.”
The hostel’s renovation project included installing double-glazed windows, new construction paper placed under the iron roof, and new exterior siding.
“It’s about making the place warm, dry and waterproof.
“You are in the wettest environment in the world, so every little crack is water.
“It’s not about water entering the building, it’s about protecting it for another 40 years and keeping it structurally sound.”
DCOET had been working on the renovation project for some time, but this particular grant was a big step forward.
Future plans for the hostel also included “redeveloping” some rooms, implementing changes to promote modern schooling and different styles of learning and education, MacManus said.
Community Trust South (CTS) chief executive Jackie Flutey said he supported the request because the Deep Cove Inn camp had become a rite of passage for Southland schoolchildren, which created lifelong memories because they experienced one of the most amazing parts of New Zealand.
Other recipients of Community Trust South’s main round of grants were the Bluff Community Pool ($ 150,000 for its pool upgrade), Southland Charitable Hospital ($ 200,000), Waihopai Runaka ($ 300,000 for the project Marae Murihiku Redevelopment Center) and the Salvation Army Queenstown Community and Social Welfare Center ($ 150,000 – for relocation costs in the Frankton area) and Southland disAbility Enterprises ($ 150,000 for its recycling plant).
Bluff Community Council Chairman Ray Fife said he was happy the pool project received an increase in funds needed to improve the community pool.
“I’m sure whatever funding they get I’m sure it will help a lot.”
Operational changes have been made to align it with similar small community pools across the country.
Bluff Pool Trust Chairman Ian Sutherland said that between the $ 150,000 provided by Community Trust South and the $ 75,000 provided by the ILT Foundation, the committee was eager to move forward with a project of upgrading the pool once he got the remaining funding he needed.
“This is the kick-off of our project that we have the confidence to move forward on.”
The increased funding meant other people could see that the group was now over half of the $ 480,000 budget needed to upgrade the city’s swimming pool facilities, he said.
CTS granted the funds on the condition that all the funds necessary to complete the project were in place before releasing the funds, which would remain available for up to two years from the date of approval.
Community Trust South chairman Mata Cherrington said the grants had helped some important projects in the region.
“An incredible mahi is being undertaken within the community. Each of these projects aligns with Community Trust South’s strategy to see communities thrive and we are delighted to be able to support these projects with this important round of grants.”