Community Support

DWC has continued its strong focus on Community Support, providing community groups and local councils with funding to enhance a range of community facilities and programmes.

Funding streams included:

• $90,000 West Coast Community Trust

• $15,000 Development West Coast Amateur Sports Trust

• $50,000 Coastguard West Coast

• $3m District Economic Stimulus Fund

• $1m Digital Enablement Fund

This is in addition to our continued funding of the Major District Initiative and Extraordinary Distribution Fund.

Coastguard West Coast

Coastguard West Coast took possession of its new rescue vessel earlier this year, in part thanks to sponsorship from DWC.

The 12-year-old Naiad rescue craft arrived from Auckland in January and is called Ivan Talley Rescue. Its $300,000 price tag was met with the assistance of DWC’s $50,000 contribution, along with key sponsorship from Talley’s, the Lion Foundation, Pub Charity and the New Zealand Community Trust.

The new vessel is powered by two Caterpillar diesels and has an operational speed of 20-22 knots.

Coastguard West Coast, based in Greymouth, is responsible for the largest length of coastline in New Zealand, from Kahurangi Point to Milford Sound. Last year Coastguard volunteers responded to 12 calls for help, bringing 18 people safely home with its former vessel, the Ivan Talley.

The Ivan Talley was purchased in 2008 but its condition had been deterioriating, leading to higher running and maintenance costs.

Spokesman for Coastguard West Coast, Doug Griffin, says it is essential that when a marine emergency happens trained Coastguard volunteers are able to respond with the right equipment.

“Having a reliable, fit-for-purpose rescue vessel that will meet the needs of our community and, in particular, our challenging marine environment is absolutely crucial.

Coastguard West Coast is working hard to fund this vital project for the community and, as with any not-forprofit organisation, securing funds for these life-saving assets is challenging.”

West Coast Cycle Trails

DWC continues to be a significant financial contributor to the West Coast’s two very popular cycle trails. Both the Old Ghost Road Cycle and Tramping Trail and the West Coast Wilderness Trail are near completion and fully operational. They are both part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail Nga Haerenga network and already attracting large numbers of cyclists to the region.

DWC contributed over $1.5m to the Old Ghost Road Cycle and Tramping Trail, and $3.25m to the West Coast Wilderness Trail.