Transpower earthquake-proofs community infrastructure

Transpower CEO Alison Andrew with Crofton Downs Primary School students
Transpower CEO Alison Andrew with Crofton Downs Primary School students

Crofton Downs Primary School in Wellington, New Zealand, is one step closer to earthquake strengthening its local school and community hall, thanks to a $50,000 cheque from Transpower’s CommunityCare Fund.

Transpower CEO Alison Andrew presented the cheque during a special assembly at Crofton Downs Primary School. The hall, located on school grounds and owned by the School’s Board of Trustees, was closed in 2014 after being classified as an “earthquake prone” building. This has left the school and Crofton Downs community without the vital meeting space that had hosted community activities from Aikido to Yoga.

The cheque, combined with other community grants and allocations received, amounts to 90 per cent of the estimated $455,000 required to return the hall to acceptable strength and re-open it to the many varied activities that the hall accommodates for the school and local community.

“Clearly with our substation on top of the hill and our lines passing nearby, we’re definitely part of the community here. So I’m happy that we’ve helped the school get closer to their goal,” Ms Andrew said.

The CommunityCare Fund was set up in 2007 to assist communities affected by Transpower’s projects and assets, with projects that add real value and benefit to communities. In the latest funding round, the CommunityCare Fund assisted 17 community organisations nationally, totalling $429,284 in funding. The next funding round is in July this year.