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With no paid members in the group, the 75km cycle and walk way has taken a considerable amount of volunteer hours and is a massive attribute to the Clutha District.
Emily Beaton, Community Relations Representative

The Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust has won the Supreme Award at the 2014 Trustpower Clutha District Community Awards.

The Awards were announced and presented tonight (Monday 15 September) at a function at the Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha.

For winning the Supreme Award, The Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in Wellington in March 2015.

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

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says The Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust “have driven a $5.3 million project that has been eight years in the making. All of the 9 trustees had a very major input into the project and some in particular have been working almost full time on it. With no paid members in the group, the 75km cycle and walk way has taken a considerable amount of volunteer hours.

We think that these volunteers have made an absolutely outstanding contribution to the Clutha District community and we can’t wait for them to share their story with the rest of the country at the 2014 National Community Awards,” says Miss Beaton.

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

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Tuapeka Vintage Club
Winner: South Otago Forest and Bird

Health and Well Being
Commendation: South Otago Search and Rescue
Commendation: St John Clutha Area
Runner-Up: Cancer Society Rural Volunteers
Winner: Clutha Valley Rural Neighbourhood Support

Arts and Culture
Runner- up: South Otago A & P Society
Winner: Clutha District Settlement Support Group

Sport and Leisure
Runner-Up: Milton Karate Club
Winner: Otago Shearing and Wooldhandling Committee

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Balclutha Parents Centre
Winner: Kaitangata Car Show and Run

Supreme Winner
Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust

Youth Spirit
Winner: Tyler Ford, The Catlins Area School
Runner up: Brittany Scott, Tokomairiro High School
Finalist: Hayley Smith, South Otago High School

Individual Civic Awards
Bill and Sharon Bazley
John Burgess
Iain (Blue) Fletcher
Marie Kean