Parting gifts from community board

The current Te Awamutu Community Board had its last official meeting on Tuesday.

The board will be made up of a different constitution the next time it meets, which will be after this year’s local government elections.

Their final meeting lasted nearly four hours, and a resolution was passed to enable the meeting to continue without breaks.

The board reviewed 20 applications for discretionary funding and granted a total of $30,140 to 17 organisations.

The board also voted to voice their support of the district council’s opposition to the government’s new housing intensification rules in Waipā.

Waipā District Council staff have aired their concerns about the plans – and this week Christchurch City Councils went out on a limb and defied a government directive to toughen its density rules.

This week’s community board meeting was also the last for Richard Hurrell, who is not standing in the 2022 local body elections.

He and former chair Gary Derbyshire, who left the board last year, were both thanked by the board for their combined 20 plus years’ service.

Here is a list of the discretionary grant applicants and their funding reasons. The Te Awamutu Rotary club, who are not on this list, were added as a late item, they asked for $6000 to fund their upcoming Christmas parade.

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