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The Community Trust of Southland is
currently accepting grant applications from
organisations based in the Trust's area,
which includes the Southland province and
the Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown,
Tapanui and Heriot areas.
$5,000 & Under
Applications are accepted throughout
the year and are considered monthly.
Applications need to be received by
the 1st of the month to be considered
$50,000 & Under
Applications close Monday 1 October
2012 and are considered in December.
The next round will close 1 February
Over $50,000 Major Grants
Due to a reduced grants budget for the
Trust's 2012/13 financial year there will
be no Major Grants Round. The Trust will
review in March 2013 whether it will be
offering a Major Grants round in 2014.
For further information including eligibility
and application forms visit www.ctos.org.nz
or contact the Trust on 0800 500 185.
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Trust website launched
The Upper Clutha Children's Medical
Trust has launched a comprehensive
website that provides information
about the trust.
Trust chairman Peter Wilson said
since its launch in 2009, the trust has
supported 57 families who struggled
with financial demands due to the
health issues of their children.
The website can be viewed at
Autism support lacking in district
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD):
All people diagnosed with ASD share three
sets of characteristics:
1. impairment in the ability to understand
and use verbal and non-verbal
2. impairment in the ability to understand
3. impairment in the ability to think and
By JOHN EDENS
Childhood and adult autism spectrum
disorder sufferers need more support in
Queenstown and Central Otago, the Autism
New Zealand regional co-ordinator says.
About 50 families in Central Otago -- run by
the Otago branch of Autism New Zealand --
and Queenstown, which falls under the
Southland branch, directly access support
Otago branch co-ordinator Sharon Bain
said autism support services received no
direct government funding or grants and
paying for programmes relied on fundrais-
The Dunedin-based support service has 754
people on its regional database.
''In this economic climate things are
getting harder and harder to get.''
Ms Bain, who has an autistic 12-year-old
son, said the national organisation's aim
was to consolidate services so families
accessed the same support whether in
Auckland, Dunedin or Queenstown.
New Zealand was the only country with
national autism guidelines for health
professionals, teachers and families but
more needed to be done, she said.
''Everything comes down to money, more
awareness and more people taking up
opportunities especially training.''
Leanne Little, of Wanaka, said it was
especially hard for adults on the spectrum
and the disorder was a challenging
condition to live with and manage.
Her son Ewan, 9, was diagnosed with
autism when he was four years old.
''If you're 18 and above with autism, good
luck. People with autism are the ones that
need the most support, daily management
because of the unique nature of the
Parenting an autistic child could change
family dynamics, limit social contact and
presented school challenges.
Autism New Zealand did a great job but the
lack of services in Central Otago was
repeated for other disabilities, such as
Down syndrome, she said.
beginning to roll
By GRANT BRYANT
The spot: The area scheduled for ultra-fast broadband.
Communications and Information Tech-
nology Minister Amy Adams and
representatives from the company
charged with laying ultra-fast broad-
band cable nationwide will be explain-
ing what the infrastructure leap means
for Queenstown this Friday.
The event will be attended by
Queenstown Mayor Vanessa van Uden
and Queenstown Lakes District council-
lors as well as heads of the council's
infrastructure committees and represen-
tatives from Crown Fibre Holdings.
''This event marks the official start of
the UFB build work and is a major step
towards Queenstown's fibre future,''
Chorus events specialist manager Kim-
berly Harris said.
''Chorus will deploy new fibre optic
cables and build the underlying
broadband infrastructure to connect
homes, businesses, schools, hospitals
and medical facilities in the areas
included in its UFB rollout.''
Contractors have been preparing for
Queenstown's ultra-fast broadband fibre
optic cable installation in neighbour-
hoods at the base of Queenstown Hill
since late August, and the rollout will
include Queenstown central and Gorge
Rd, and parts of Frankton and Fernhill.
Other areas of Queenstown will have to
wait until 2019 for the service, while
Arrowtown and Wanaka are not
included in the partnership between
Chorus and the New Zealand govern-
ment to provide ultra-fast broadband to
24 areas nationwide.
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