The Rodney Local Board has declined funding requests for fitness equipment at Omaha, a walkway at Snells Beach and a fitness trail at Coatesville, despite Board members supporting the projects “in principle”.
At the Board’s monthly meeting last month, Chair Beth Houlbrooke said the Board was constrained by an Auckland Council finance policy around granting money for capital works.
“It’s been challenged,” she said. “We set our budgets at the beginning of the year and we actively encouraged these types of applications but because of this policy, we will now be looking to other measures to support them.”
One avenue of support being explored is the Board’s community facilities work programme.
Omaha Beach Community Inc was seeking $10,000 for GymGuru exercise station equipment and installation, while the Snells Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association asked for $10,000 to help develop the Hamatana Road to Grange Street cycleway.
As a result of the change in policy, the Board was able to increase the allocation to some groups over and above the amounts requested. This included the Buckleton Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association, which got $800 more for rabbit control, and the Warkworth District Museum, which got an extra $1000 towards the purchase of acid free storage containers.
The total community grants budget this financial year was $269,000. A total of $146,690 was allocated under quick response grants round one, two and three earlier in the year, leaving a balance of $122,310. This was topped up with $46,000 from the Board’s Local Discretionary Initiatives Community Response Fund budget to give a total budget for this round of funding of $168,310.
The Board received 43 applications totalling just over $283,000.
Successful applicants were:
- Kawau Volunteer Coastguard, $2190
to provide safety equipment for volunteers towards six pairs of reflective safety overalls and six Personal Locator Beacons
- Royal NZ Plunket Society, $9824
for the upgrading of the Wellsford Plunket Room, including a new outdoor shade sail and a new heat pump for the main rooms
- Rodney Neighborhood Support, $3407
towards the cost of the Rodney coordinator for the Safer Communities programme
- Kaipara Memorial Returned and Services Association, $6302
towards the cost of a heat pump and the installation of curtains and window blinds, kitchen unit and audio unit
- North Shore Hospice Trust – Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, $12,872
towards the cost of installing a CCTV security system in and around the new hospice building
- Warkworth War on Weeds, $2396
for the Warkworth War on Weeds – weed amnesties project towards advertising, skip bin hire and weed disposal costs
- Forest and Bird Warkworth Area, $3200
to install interpretive plant signage
- Pohutukawa Trust NZ, $10,000
towards the cost of labour and materials for the contracted hunters to carry a combined possum and wallaby cull on Kawau Island
- Buckleton Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association, $1800
towards rabbit control on the peninsula
- Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust, $13,050
for the nursery
- Kowhai Festival Society, $10,000
towards operational costs for the “Huge Day Out”
- Rawinia Henderson Historic, $7965
towards the restoration and preservation of the William Sullivan’s Grave
- Warkworth and District Museum Society, $4633
towards preserving important archival material through the purchase of acid free storage containers
- Kaukapakapa Residents and Ratepayers, $20,000
towards the Kaukapakapa nature playspace equipment
- Mahurangi Sport and Recreation Collective, $12,000
towards the concept and design of the Mahu Bike and Skate Park
- Punganui Station, $14,350
towards the cost of feasibility studies to join the greenways tracks and earthworks requirements for Punganui Station
- Kumeu Brass, $10,000
towards architect fees, consent costs and the building of the band room extension for the bandroom building extension on Waitakere Road
- Harbour Sport Trust, $10,821
towards programme delivery costs and subsidies for participants for the “Learn to Ride” school holiday programme from July 2017 to April 2018
- Riverhead Beautification Society, $8500
towards planting projects at Victoria Street Road Reserve and Wharf Road Reserve
- Riverhead Community Courts Club, $5000
towards restoration work.
The main grounds for declining grants were that they did not meet the criteria or were outside the Local Board area.
Requests from the following groups were declined: Vault Magazine, Connected Media Charitable Trust, North Rodney Blue Light, Anglican Parish of Warkworth for the Warkworth Wellsford Seasons for Growth project, Literacy Auckland North, Bays Youth Community Trust, Victim Support, Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust, Gecko New Zealand Trust, Rawinia Henderson Historic, Helensville Tennis Club, Hibiscus Coast Youth Council, Omaha Beach Community, Snells Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association, Coatesville Residents and Ratepayers, Auckland Youth Performing Arts Centre, Dance Therapy NZ, Raeburn House, Dress for Success, Project Litefoot Trust, Gymnastics Community Trust and Badminton North Harbour.