Ormondville Rail Preservation Group Incorporated has won the Supreme Award at the 2016 Trustpower Tararua District Community Awards.
The Awards were announced and presented on Monday, 12 September at a function at the Woodville Old Folks Hall.
For winning the Supreme Award, Ormondville Rail Preservation Group Incorporated received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Ormondville Rail Preservation Group Incorporated. now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in Rotorua in March 2017.
In total, Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through this year's Awards.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative, Emily Beaton, says, “Ormondville Rail Preservation Group Incorporated invest an incredible amount of time into running this facility.
“The community has always been at the forefront of what they do, whether it’s fixing something up or just sharing their passion for rail with others.”
The Group was established in 1986 to save the Ormondville station precinct after its closure.
The goods shed and the station building were built on opposite sides of the railway line and by 1900 the goods traffic had increased and more room was needed in the goods yard to accommodate growing traffic and the two buildings were consequently swapped.
However, this meant that the new goods yard was built on swampy ground and 130-odd years on, the piles had rotted and the building sunk into the damp ground.
Fast forward to this era, and you find the Ormondville Rail Preservation Group made a decision to restore the goods shed.
Work got underway with the building being raised and new angle piles driven. The bottom framework was rebuilt, new bracing for wind and earthquakes added and a lot of the weatherboard was replaced!
A new person-entrance to the shed was built, with an extended platform, new steps and new safety railing. The veranda was repainted, new sign boards were made and then, of course, the whole building got a new paint job.
“This is just skimming the surface of the amount these volunteers do – amongst all of this they continued their business as usual, which is again testament to their community spirit,” says Miss Beaton.
Category winners of this year's Trustpower Tararua District Community Awards were:
Heritage and Environment:
Winner: Dannevirke Promotion and Development Society Inc.
Runner up: Pukaha Mount Bruce Restoration Volunteers
Commendation: Friends of the Early Settlers Cemetery Dannevirke
Health and Wellbeing:
Winner: Eketahuna Opportunity Shop
Runner up: Waireka Care Home
Commendation: Pahiatua Community Services Trust (Te Arohanoa)
Arts and Culture:
Winner: Dannevirke Floral Art Group
Runner up: Woodville Districts' Vision Commendation: Gottfried Lindauer Replica Studio
Sports and Leisure:
Winner: Pahiatua Cycle Group
Runner up: Bush Junior Hockey Club Commendation: Bush Netball Club
Education and Child Youth Development: Winner: Ruahine School Parents for Kids
Runner up: Dannevirke and Districts Home Budgeting Service
Supreme Winner: Ormondville Rail Preservation Group Inc.
Youth Spirit Award
Winner: Hannah Bailey
Runner Up: Laura Dawson