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Source: Auckland Council

A camp that has hosted thousands of young people from Franklin and beyond has been granted $11,127 for wastewater upgrades.

YMCA North’s Camp Adair at the foot of the Hunua Ranges hosts young peoples’ environmental and outdoor education camps, but ailing infrastructure needs to be replaced.

Franklin Local Board chair Andy Baker says the camp plays a special part in Franklin life.

“We admire the work that is done there around health and to connect young people from all over the region to the environment, so it’s great to be able to help.”

Under the grant round, Pukekohe’s Knitting Grannies received $2000 for the wool used to knit garments for Kidz First Children’s Hospital and for rest homes.

Waiuku’s Toy Library got $1000 to support its activities and the Manukua Heads Lighthouse Trust $1725 for banksia and flax trimming and control.

There was a $5000 grant to Youthline and $6000 to Howick Tourism on the basis it be used to promote Pohutukawa Coast activities, and Pukekohe Lions got $3775 for costs around the town’s annual Christmas parade.

Almost $300,000 was requested.

“We are having to be mindful of all spending in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Baker says.

However, $7500 also went to multi-board applicants working in more than one board area.

Kids Can got $2500 for projects within its partner schools, Kiwi Harvest $2000 to deliver much needed food, and Victim Support $3000.

“We had requests for another $80,000 or so in that funding round alone.”