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Heritage vision unveiled at last
By CHE BAKER
A community-inspired report to
manage the future of Central
Otago heritage has been finalised.
After months of hard work, the
Central Otago Heritage Working
Party has finished its report
Towards Better Heritage
Outcomes for Central Otago.
The working party began develop-
ing the plan in April after holding
Working party chairman John
Lane said 37 submissions were
received on a draft document and
the party had taken them, and
comments from the meetings, into
''We have had a lot of input from a
lot of people with a lot of passion.
''The people of Central Otago have
articulated their vision for our
heritage, how it should be looked
after and celebrated,'' Mr Lane
Recommendations in the report
include reviewing how communi-
ties can best support landowners
to maintain and value the
heritage on their property,
encouraging the use of heritage in
tourism promotion and consider-
ing how museums can share
resources and source new
avenues for heritage funding.
Central Otago Heritage Trust
chairman Graye Shattky said the
trust considered Central Otago's
heritage to be an asset and legacy
which belongs to the community.
''While responsibility for specific
aspects of heritage has long been
undertaken by a wide range of
organisations, community groups
and committed individuals, it is
clear that effective implemen-
tation of the report's recommen-
dations requires a degree of
overarching co-ordination,'' Mr
The trust would assume that
responsibility on behalf of the
community, he said. A heritage
forum would be held early next
year and interested heritage
stakeholders will be asked to
participate in further defining
Copies of the report can be
downloaded from codc.govt.nz or
Santa haven: Ajia Tiplady, 8, Jack Young, 8, and Renee Tiplady, 6, all of Cromwell,
help set up Santa Land at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church hall.
Photo: JESSICA MADDOCK 627413178
Golden glow in hall
What: Santa Land
Where: Cromwell Presbyterian Church, Elspeth St.
When: Friday from 5pm till 7pm, Saturday from 9am till 2pm and Sunday
from 2pm till 4pm.
How much: $10 a family, which includes a photo, or $2 for a single adult
who would like to see the display.
By CHE BAKER
Santa Land is
close at hand
Christmas is upon us and
Cromwell Toy Library volunteers
have been working hard to create
a Christmas wonderland.
For the 15th year the Cromwell
Presbyterian Church hall will be
transformed into Santa Land.
Library volunteer Megan Bailey,
said the display was for children
and adults to enjoy.
''It's not just for kids it's for
everyone, the church allow us to
convert the hall into a huge grotto
of lights, singing and dancing
Christmas toys, ornaments and
decorations to celebrate the
Santa Claus would also be making
a visit in his sleigh for the
children to sit with and have their
This year , to celebrate 150 years
since gold discovery in Central
Otago, Santa Land has a gold
theme including the chance to pan
for gold nuggets.
A miniature garden competition
will also be held as well as a
sausage sizzle and free rides on
Thomas the Tank Engine train.
Profits from the event go towards
buying items for future displays.
Trailblazers: Roxburgh Gorge Trail Trust chairman Stephen Jeffery and trust
member Barrie Wills take to a completed section of trail.
Trusts donate cash to
help finish gorge trail
Donations vital: Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Trust chairman Stephen Jeffery.
By CHE BAKER
The Roxburgh Gorge Trail Trust
has received a $670,000 funding
boost with separate donations
from the Central Lakes Trust and
the Otago Community Trust.
Gorge trust chairman Stephen
Jeffery, of Roxburgh, said the
donations, $570,000 from the
Central Lakes Trust and $100,000
from the Otago Community Trust,
would go towards construction
costs of the trail and gravelling.
Construction of the 34-kilometre
trail linking Alexandra and
Roxburgh began a year ago.
A 10km section near Roxburgh
was completed last month but the
Alexandra end of the trail was
proving to be harder than
expected to build.
Land access was yet to be granted
for a 12km middle section of the
It was estimated construction of
the trail would cost $3.4 million
but that figure was rising because
of the increased time it would take
to complete the trail.
The longer it took to build the
trail, the higher the cost, Mr
In 2010 the trust was given $2m by
the government to begin work on
That funding had almost been
exhausted, Mr Jeffery said.
Central Lakes Trust chief execu-
tive Paul Allison said the trust
had now given $700,000 towards
the trail after donating $130,000 to
help with initial costs.
''It's been recognised the develop-
ment of tracks and trails are an
important part to the local
landscape,'' Mr Allison said.
Central Otago District Council
economic development manager
Warwick Hawker said the trail
would ''undoubtedly'' boost the
A report on the Otago Central Rail
Trail, released in June last year,
showed there had been a 40 per
cent increase in people choosing
to ride the trail between 2008-09
and 2011, Mr Hawker said.
''It suggests there is a really good
interest in cycling,'' he said.
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