Projects to upgrade a community swimming pool and reinstate pedestrian lighting have been given a boost thanks to a generous donation from Powerco.
The lines company is donating a total of $13,000 towards the projects as a celebration of the new 110,000 volt-capable line in the Coromandel Peninsula.
Powerco received a great response from members of the public making suggestions on worthy causes the money could go to, with more than 80 ideas put forward.
Powerco Corporate Affairs Manager Neil Holdom said Coromandel community representatives helped whittle down the list for residents to vote on.
Upgrading the swimming pool at Mercury Bay School for use as a community facility was the clear favourite to receive the $10,000 donation. Pedestrian lighting for Fureys Creek Bridge received the most votes in the Coromandel-Colville Ward to receive $3000.
Mr Holdom said Powerco wanted to do something special for the community to celebrate the Kaimarama-Coroglen line. “We’re thrilled Coromandel residents have taken the time to vote. They’ve chose worthy projects that will benefit their communities.”
He said the line represented a $6 million investment by Powerco and would result in a more reliable electricity supply for around 9500 customers on the peninsula.
The project was part of Powerco delivering on its commitment to the people of Whitianga and Coromandel to lift network performance on the peninsula through a programme of investments. Since 2003, the company has spent around $28.5 million on the Coromandel network to improve reliability and meet growing electricity demand.