A Progress Report from Stuart Strachan, Chair, Blueskin Bay Library Redevelopment Trust
Since the very successful launch of the Redevelopment Trust at the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary on June 10, the fundraising team has been very busy. The committee undertaking this work consists of myself, Alasdair Morrison, Marshal Seifert, Des Smith, Blueskin residents with fundraising experience and our local councillor, Andrew Noone.
The total amount needing to be raised, additional to the budgeted DCC contribution of $575,000, and community contributions and donations of $83,200 pledged so far, is $330,800.
The committee has met on several occasions to plan the raising of the balance needed. With support from Department of Internal Affairs advisory staff applications are in place with major funding agencies and the outcome of these applications will be known prior to the end of the year.
In addition, a number of community events are planned. These include a quiz evening (Waitati v. Warrington), a display at the annual Fireworks Event hosted by the Waitati School on September 23, and an as yet unspecified activity taking advantage of RWC visitors.
We will continue to keep the community informed of progress towards our goal of raising all the funding required for this most worthwhile project by May next year.