By CRIS JOHNSTON
The Cromwell and District Community Trust is under new stewardship, after real estate consultant Chantal McCarthy was elected chairwoman at the group’s annual meeting last month.
The mother of twins, now young adults, said she moved to Cromwell three years ago as a “Christchurch evacuee” following the earthquakes.
“The first year I was probably a ‘ghost resident’ not involved in a great deal of things but I decided that Cromwell is such a beautiful place and it is great to be involved with your community,” the Bannockburn resident said.
The trust, which is ticking off items on its second community plan, provides liaison between the Central Otago District Council and the community.
“We have a few projects on the go. Last weekend we completed our annual lakeside clean-up, with more than 100 people chipping in.
“The ‘Before I Die’ project should be installed before the end of the year and a youth art project is scheduled to become part of Cromwell Mall before the end of next term.
“The plan to enhance the entrance to Cromwell at Deadman’s Bridge is progressing and the ambassador programme has been extremely successful with more than 70 people attending the September course,” Ms McCarthy said.
Under the “Before I Die” project, blackboard-type panels would be constructed in the mall and people would be invited to add their “bucket list” life aspirations.
“It has been used in other towns and has been really popular. It will also be another thing to enhance the mall,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cromwell College year 10 pupils would create artwork featuring New Zealand native birds that would be placed along the walkway linking the mall with the supermarket.
Mrs McCarthy said the trust, Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group and Cromwell Community Board all had valuable roles.
“They all have different functions and all work for the wellbeing of Cromwell,” she said.