Not only does this cycling club perform that of a normal cycling club by promoting cycling is all its various forms, but they have been involved in substantial track redevelopment too.
The Awards were announced and presented on Tuesday 29 October at a function at Club Buller.
For winning the Supreme Award, Buller Cycling Club received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Buller Cycling Club now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.
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 Buller Cycling Club is punching well above their weight.
“Not only does this cycling club perform that of a normal cycling club by promoting cycling is all its various forms, but they have been involved in substantial track redevelopment too.
“Over the last 12 months this has included running a 26 race road cycling season, they have organised the Denniston Chain grinder mountain bike race as well as countless other rides and races around the region.
“On top of this the Buller Cycling Club has partnered with the Department of Conservation to develop a linkage between the Westport township and the coastline through the development of 1.6km of purpose built cycling and walking tracks.
“Volunteers are crucial to this development project and across weekend working bees have been involved in almost every part of this process from taking on roles in the Kawatiri Beach Reserve Advisory Group to getting their hands dirty at the coal face.
“It’s a development that is bringing a diverse group of people together for a common goal and turning a waste area into an established reserve. A huge congratulations to this dedicated group of volunteers for turning up weekend after weekend to get stuck into this project. Each month they dedicate around 500 hours to this project and we congratulate them for their ironclad commitment to transform this area of Westport into a small piece of paradise that is available for everyone, ” says Miss Somerville.
A record fifty-nine groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Buller Community Awards.
Other winners at this years TrustPower Buller Community Awards were:
Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Lyric Theatre
Winner: Coaltown Trust
Health and Well Being
Commendation: West Coast Buller Hospice Trust
Runner-Up: Seddonville Rural Fire Force
Winner: Buller SPCA
Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Westport Performing Arts Society
Winner: Inangahua Comm Arts Council
Sport and Leisure
Commendation: Buller Hockey Association
Runner- up: Reefton Junior Rugby Club
Winner: Westport Yacht Power Boat Club
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Westport North School Parent Group
Winner: Buller Anglican Parish
Buller Cycling Club