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Have you remembered that Local Body Elections are rapidly approaching with only a few months to go before voting in October? The present Community Board has put in three years’ effort and managed to achieve much to improve our town’s facilities. We would like to encourage other locals to stand for election for the next term. Being a Board member is not that difficult and can be very satisfying, so give it a go! You can get all the information you need from the SWDC.

Recently the Board was made aware of the follow-on effects of the Palliser Walk’s increasing popularity as a dog walking spot. The owners wanted to install some dog-poo bins to make visitors’ journeys more pleasant and the Community Board assisted with the purchase and installation of these. Some will also be erected in Jellicoe Street.

Our swimming pool was a huge hit over the past long, and what can now be considered ‘hot’ summer, and it’s bound to become increasingly popular from now on. We wish to thank the Council, following our submission, for installing the much-needed new covers.

Several Grant Applications were considered at recent meetings. Funds have been given to this year’s Martinborough Music Festival, which was so successful in 2018. The Martinborough Community Garden is now well established and doing (and growing) great stuff so the Board had no hesitation in providing money for materials and tools they need to improve the area. Another local enterprise doing excellent work in town is the Breakfast and Homework Club, which was awarded a grant. The Wairarapa Rape Crisis organisation was also granted assistance.

There is a further round of grant applications to be considered coming up soon. Any groups or organisations who wish to apply, please note that your request forms need to be completed by August 15th. All applications are given careful and thorough consideration to ensure our town benefits in the best ways. Information and the required paperwork to complete is also available from the SWDC.

Maree Roy.

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