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The project has generated a significant amount of goodwill and ‘feel-good’ amongst the locals who currently either use and enjoy sections of the Old Ghost Road or more importantly strongly subscribe to the vision.

The Awards were announced and presented at a function at Club Buller. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Mokihinui Lyell Backcountry Trust has received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Mokihinui Lyell Backcountry Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the 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 Teresa Partridge says the Mokihinui Lyell Backcountry Trust have created an iconic cycling and walking trail, known as the Old Ghost Road. 

“This Trust is providing a significant economic, recreational and heritage asset for not only Buller but for New Zealand as well. The Old Ghost road picks up on a vision of the early miners to connect the Mokihinui and Lyell goldfields. 

The Old Ghost road which is nearly complete will be an 80 km trail with huts, toilets, bridges and have interpretive material along the path. 

This project has only been possible through the tireless volunteer work of trustees and project supporters. In the past 12 months, over 90 volunteers have undertaken work on various aspects of the project, contributing almost 4,000 volunteer hours. Voluntary work carried out includes track construction and the construction of three huts. Volunteers helped build these huts and between two and four people volunteered for a month to camp and live in remote settings to get the huts finished. The Trust regards this as one of their proudest achievements. 

The Mokihinui Lyell Trust is operated as a charitable trust and is led entirely by volunteer efforts. There are seven trustees who meet on a monthly basis and carry out a substantial amount of work in between times. For some this can be in excess of 15 hours each week. A significant volunteer contribution has been made in areas of project strategy and governance in the last year. 

There has been a wide range of other volunteer inputs from individuals with specialist skills such as engineers and drill specialists gifting their time and resources to the project in the spirit of goodwill.

The project has generated a significant amount of goodwill and ‘feel-good’ amongst the locals who currently either use and enjoy sections of the Old Ghost Road or more importantly strongly subscribe to the vision. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Buller Community Awards was strong with 38 groups entered for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Buller Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Bearded Miners
Runner-Up: Buller SPCA

Health and Well Being
Winner: Buller Victim Support
Runner-Up: St John Ambulance Westport
Commendation: Granity Community Fundraising Op Shop 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Westport RSA Highland Band
Runner-Up: Sunset Speedway 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Granity Judo Club
Runner-Up: Kawatiri Maori Womens Welfare League
Commendation: Karamea Kings Boxing Club

Education and Child/Youth Development
Winner: St Peters After School Programme
Runner-Up: Westport Early Learning Centre
Commendation: Grandparents Reading Group 

For more information on the TrustPower Community Awards please click here.

For more information or for photos of the winners please contact:  

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349