Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Grant leverages community support for Ashhurst Playcentre

Grant leverages community support for Ashhurst Playcentre

One of Horizons Regional Council’s community grants has seen Ashhurst Playcentre leverage a huge amount of community support to establish an outdoor natural play space.

Ashhurst Playcentre co-president Helen King says they applied to Horizons for some funding in order to develop an under-utilised area of the centre.

“Last September we were taking a look at the play area and realised we had a large space at the top of the driveway that wasn’t being used,” says Ms King.

“We soon had plenty of ideas in regards to how we could use this space but no funding to do anything. Fortunately for us, this was at the time where we could apply for a Horizons community grant and we are so happy that we did.”

Upon receiving $318 from Horizons Ms King approached a number of local businesses to see if they could spare anything to further enhance the space.

“The funding from Horizons was fantastic as it allowed us to say to people, this is what we have to start with, is there anything that you think you could add? And what blew us away was nobody said no,” she says.

Horizons’ grant provided three garden beds and a compost bin. Local businesses donated pallets to plant strawberries and herbs in, paint, plants, rocks and stones, compost filling, a worm farm and a wooden table.

“The aim of the space is to provide an opportunity for students to play with nature and see how they use it. Last month we held an opening of the area and invited everybody who had contributed along to thank them,” says Ms King.

Horizons environmental educator Helen Thomas says it’s great Horizons can support community groups such as Ashhurst Playcentre.

“With a little help from us Ashhurst Playcentre has managed to develop an awesome outdoor space for their students to interact with nature,” she says.

“It’s also encouraging to hear how local businesses have got behind the centre due to our grant kick-starting the development of the space.”

Ends

For more information contact Cara O'Neill, Communications Officer, Horizons Regional Council, 06 9522 951, 021 2277 190

Editors note: Local businesses that donated goods to Ashhurst Playcentre are ACC, Bunnings, B&M Electrical, Edible Garden, the Herb Farm, Thee Garden Centre, Trevor Salmon, RECAP and Wattyl.

Horizons’ community grants programme is now in its third year with grants available to support community-led projects that help in making the Manawatu-Wanganui Region a great place to live, work and play. The 2014 round will be open later in the year.

Community groups, schools, early childhood centres and iwi/hapu groups are all eligible to apply for a grant from the $20,000 pool. These will be awarded to projects that enhance the Region and encourage more people to engage with the natural environment.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news