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A community grant from Transpower will put the Alexandra BMX Club’s beautification project well on track, despite the difficulty of raising funds under Covid-19 restrictions.

A cheque for $20,000 was presented to club president Taiwha Nelson last Thursday evening by Transpower Clutha Upper Waitaki lines project director Roy Noble.

Mr Noble said an independent group met three to four times a year to assess funding applications, with a preference for those that provided community value near Transpower assets.

Happy to help . . . Roy Noble, Transpower project director for the Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project, celebrates the award of a $20,000 grant for the Alexandra BMX Club with (from left) Piper Lambeth (12) of Alexandra, Holly Oldham (18) of Alexandra, Kaia Nelson (15) of Alexandra, and Ben James (15) of Cromwell. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT

Mrs Nelson said the grant would be used to pour concrete and plant grass in the staging area adjacent to the BMX track.

The money was especially welcome this year.

“It’s hard to do a lot of fundraising under Covid restrictions so this means a lot,” she said.

“It means we’ll be able to be proud of the finished product.”

The club has 28 members who come from as far afield as Omakau and Roxburgh, with ages ranging from 3 years to 50-plus.

Karl Turner, one of those in the 50-plus age group, retired from racing last year, but stays active in the club, operating the starting gates for those still racing.

“BMX is all about the family atmosphere,” he said.

Take your places . . . Roy Noble, Transpower project director for the Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project, stands by as Alexandra BMX Club members (from left) Piper Lambeth (12) of Alexandra, Holly Oldham (18) of Alexandra, Kaia Nelson (15) of Alexandra, and Ben James (15) of Cromwell, prepare to tackle the track. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT