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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust granted $18.045 million

11 February 2020

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has granted $18.045 million to a number of projects to assist in the rebuild of Christchurch.

The recent approval of the ōkātaro Avon Regeneration Plan enables CEAT to use $17.25 million of funds earmarked to support projects connecting communities along the Avon river corridor.

A $13,765,500 grant to the Christchurch City Council will kick start infrastructure projects along the river corridor. The projects supported are a landing at the Dallington stretch of the river, and replacement foot/cycle bridges at Medway Street and Snell Place, and a new foot/cycle bridge in Aranui.

The Trustees have also pledged $2 million towards community-led developments in the Brighton area and will be consulting on the details of this with the Brighton community shortly.

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust Chair Dr Rod Carr says “The Trustees were particularly keen to set aside funding for this area of the city which was badly affected in the earthquakes and still waiting on many projects to begin work due to issues around land remediation and redevelopment. The Trustees want the people to decide for themselves what is important for the community as a whole, so everyone benefits”.

Other grants are $1,000,000 towards the restoration of the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda, $625,000 towards the relocation of the Citizens’ War Memorial, and $283,000 towards the construction and installation of the dome on the Arts Centre Observatory Tower.

The balance of the funding available was used for additional grants of $332,696 to Kaiapoi Cure Boating Club, $641,554 to South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, $561,935 to New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and $743,815 to Coastguard Canterbury (Lyttelton), to assist with cost escalations in existing projects.

From the Trust’s establishment in early 2011 the Trustees of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal have chosen to focus on communities not individuals, not to duplicate the work of government and other funders, and to fund the projects that would otherwise take many years of local fundraising to address.

The Trust is no longer receiving funding requests. The Trustees continue to meet to allocate remaining funds and monitor grants. The Department of Internal Affairs continues to administer the Trust.

A full list of projects funded by the Appeal Trust is available at the Christchurch Appeal Trust website.