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Community board approves three discretionary grants

March 23rd, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Three community groups received discretionary grants to help with current projects at the Motueka Community Board meeting on Tuesday.

The thriving Tasman Gymnastics Club applied for $500 from the board's Youth Development fund to help provide tailored sessions for children enrolled with physical or learning disabilities.

The club has an all-inclusive policy for gymnastic classes where children with learning and physical disabilities are encouraged to joint their after school classes, but some children prefer a smaller class with a higher coach to child ratio.

The community board's grant will go into paying the venue hire fees and part of the costs of the coaches who provide for children with special needs.

The Tarrant Memorial Fund Committee of the Motueka RSA also applied for $500 to help in administrative costs for the Tarrant Memorial re-dedication on Saturday July 8th.

The memorial, at Motueka Quay at the base of the old historic wharf, has been renovated following years of neglect and run-down, and will soon be re-installed, with a protective rock wall to stop turning vehicles from bumping into and further damaging it.

The funds will be used towards the production and printing of Orders of Service, invitations to dignitaries, hire of equipment and associated embellishments relating to the re-dedication event.

Vision Motueka were granted $471 to help pay for materials to advance its "Boomerang Bags" initiative (in conjunction with Motec), which aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and raise awareness of the consequences of continuing to use plastic bags for shopping.

The project currently involves dozens of people from across the community, including school children and Pacifica people, who are attending sewing bees to make up to 500 bags from donated fabrics.

The bags will be available for use and return at many distribution points around the town such as supermarkets, Community Store, Opshops, Motueka Library and High Street retailers.

The funding support will be used to buy timber for the distribution bins or stands, threads and fabrics, and screen printing materials.

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