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Since the idea of an indoor recreation centre was first proposed in early 2004 there has been a hardworking team of volunteers driving this project. From researching and developing the concept, to consulting the community, to extensive fundraising – this committee alongside supportive community members have turned this dream into a reality.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The awards were announced and presented on Monday 8 October at the Rosebank Lodge. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Clutha Recreation Centre received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Clutha Recreation Centre now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Far North district in March 2013. 

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the construction of the Clutha Recreation Centre is a great example of what a community can achieve when they set their mind to it. 

“Since the idea of an indoor recreation centre was first proposed in early 2004 there has been a hardworking team of volunteers driving this project. From researching and developing the concept, to consulting the community, to extensive fundraising – this committee alongside supportive community members have turned this dream into a reality,” says Miss Somerville.

“Since the completion of the centre was celebrated in November 2011 the work of passionate group of volunteers continues with cleaning, maintenance, catering and still completed by unpaid workers,” she says. 

“This team set themselves an ambitious goal, worked above and beyond the call of duty and had an outstanding success. This success was also due to the generosity and community spirit of the Clutha district. It is a huge asset for this community that will bring years of enjoyment and sporting opportunities,” she says. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Clutha District Community Awards was strong with a record 44 groups entered for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Clutha District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Lawrence Incorporated New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards
Runner-Up: Hart’s Daffidol Charitable Trust 

Health and Well Being
Winner: Tapanui Mens Fellowship
 Runner-Up: Waihola Water Rescue
Commendation: Jenny’s Companionship Group 

Arts and Culture
Winner: West Otago A & P Society
Runner-Up: Clutha Country Music Club 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Owaka Swimming Pool Committee
Runner-Up: West Otago A & P Society and West Otago Lions 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Winner: Warepa School Support Group
Runner-Up: Kaitangata Black Gold Kai Club
Commendation: Balclutha Primary School Parent Teaches Association 

Special Commendation
Year 12/13 Students from Lawrence Area School 

Supreme Winner
Clutha Recreation Centre 

Civic Awards for Individuals
Eileen Cook
Gabriel Phillips 
Gordon Sim