Community board hands out remaining funds

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The Otago Peninsula Community Board has dished out its remaining funds.

At its latest meeting, board members voted to give $750 to the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust, $500 to the Otago Peninsula Museum and Historical Society and a $300 scholarship to Phoebe Whittam.

The sea lion trust’s money would be used to “preserve the first-person account of the discovery of Mum the sea lion, and her first pup, Katya, by George McIntosh on his coastal Dunedin property in 1993”, the trust said in its application.

“Mr McIntosh is now in his 80s, and his full story has never been recorded.”

Research, an interview, administration and travel time were included in the outline of costs provided.

The museum society’s application said the $500 would be used to repair two wheels and carry out other maintenance on the Krupp gun opposite Coronation Hall in Portobello Rd.

The museum does not own the gun, but wants to repair it.

Phoebe will use her $300 scholarship to attend a 10-day development voyage on board Spirit of New Zealand from late December to early January.

The voyage would include activities on the ship, water and land designed to improve communication and leadership skills, she wrote in her application.

It is the third scholarship the board has awarded this financial year.

The Caselberg Trust originally applied for $3000 at the May meeting to complete landscaping, but it was left to lie on the table until the following meeting.

Board chairman Paul Pope said the board could not afford to give the trust any money this financial year, and proposed the board give it $1000 in the new financial year.

“That will be our first allocation of our new money.”