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wishes new trust well
The Clutha Agricultural
Development Board is not
''merging'', as per your article in last
week' s Clutha Leader.
As I understand it, the new Clutha
Development Trust was a merger
between the district development
board and Enterprise Clutha, with
the contributions and support of the
agricultural board. At no time has
the agricultural board indicated to
the trust or media that they wish to
merge, or disappear.
The new council-supported trust is
to be responsible for district-wide
development in agriculture,
business and tourism, and all power
to them. They are to take over the
contract that the agricultural board
has had with the council over many
years. The board has appreciated
this core funding and work that has
provided about 40 per cent of the
agricultural board's income in
recent years. I certainly hope and
expect that the new trust will do
brilliant things at a district-wide
level to improve farming and other
businesses in the Clutha district.
I am not quite so sure why this
means that the agricultural board
has to disappear. So it will not, at
least in the short term. We have a
loyal membership, which deserves
consideration. We have contracted
work through to later in 2013, which
needs to be completed successfully.
We have built a momentum in our
relationships with many
organisations, which should ensure
on-going funding and projects into
It will be for our members to decide
if they want to continue supporting
the Clutha Agricultural
Development Board in this work.
Malcolm Deverson, projects
manager, Clutha Agricultural
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