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Over $30,000 in approved grants

More than $30,000 in community and promotion grants were approved Tuesday by the Vincent Community Board.

Grants approved included the continuation and upgrade of Galloway Hall, funding for children’s entertainment at the Central Otago A&P lounge, a karareea sculpture to mark the entrance to Clyde, and signage for the proposed “Badlands” bike paths leading to private land at the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Track.

Central Otago District Council (CODC) Community Development Advisor Rebecca Williams said each year there is $120,000 to distribute through the Vincent Community Grants program and $41,750 to distribute through the promotional grant program.

One community grant application had been received in the current cycle requesting a total of $5,000 out of $5,860 to be distributed.

This request, from the Galloway and Springvale Hall Society for the replacement of the entrance doors, the upgrade of the insulation and the new borehole pump at Galloway Hall has been fully approved by the council.

All applications were for events in fiscal year 2022-23, but were able to be engaged in fiscal year 2021-22.

There remained $35,250 to distribute in fiscal year 2021-22 and $6,250 to distribute in fiscal year 2022-23.

Based on CODC staff assessments, the board approved $3,000 for the Central Otago A&P Association.

The association had asked for $7,500.

Historic Clyde had $20,000 approved for the commission of his 5.5m tall sculpture of a karareea, or native New Zealand falcon.

A total of $3,130 was awarded to Badlands/Neil Gellatly for signage on the bike paths he built for public use on 14ha of his 18ha property off Butchers Point Rd. Mr. Gellatly was $4930.