FIRE 1878
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BushTown Waimate Incorporated
1: Land clearing, fencing and gate erection. (Completed)
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2: Fundraising  Click here for photos
The first fund raising event for the 07/08 summer season was the Waimate A & P Show. Our "Bushtown Hut' came out of mothballs and the members had a successful day selling raffles, souvenir notebooks, fridge magnets and promoting the Bushtown Heritage Park.

Strawberry Fare was an extremely busy event. Our stall had a display of Mel Kellys wood turnings and some of the "bushmen" ran a cross cut sawing competition.
The Small Family scooped the pool with Roger & Kerry winning the mens playoff, then Bianca and her friend Aletha McLennan won the junior prize - a couple of budding Bushtown girls!!

The Busking Festival was a relaxed, friendly day and again the sawhorses with the logs and cross cut saws were an attraction. The older generation remember "when" and the young folk who are keen to have a go, soon realise its hard work.

We were invited to be present at the Douglas School opening and the Woodcraft Festival. The opportunity to be part of the celebrations, sell our raffles, and promote the Bushtown project was appreciated. Although the gazebo could not withstand the wind at Woodcraft, the little hut was rock solid.

A Country Music Concert organised in conjunction with the Waimate Museum was very well attended and boosted the coffers for both organisations.
The Edwardian Promenade in the Park was a stately affair and as well as our ladies selling raffles and souvenirs, the Bushtown men made a profit with their sausage sizzle.
Several times a year a donation is received from the Waimate Town & Country Club in return for helping at their Housie nights - an enjoyable way to raise funds.

We do thank the public for their continued support and anyone who would like to help at our fundraising ventures would be most welcome. Please support our money Raffles and other fundraising ventures. We need the support and help of the Waimate Community to achieve the innovative vision for Bushtown Heritage Park.
3: Storage shed
After all the paper work was completed funding for the kitset was sought by our finance committee and we received the following grants
- Whitehorse Lions $1000
- Lion Foundation $8000
- Southern Trust $4000
- Mid and South Canterbury Trust $5000
And a big thank you to the many tradespeople who gave their time for this project.
4: Bill O'Donnell sawmill
The mill has been dismantled and placed in storage at the Bushtown site. Quotes have been received for the foundations and we are trying to raise $23,000 for the foundation build.
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5: Underground power to site
A concept drawing has been prepared for the site power infrastructure. Quotes have been received and we are trying to raise $43,000 for this project.

6:Guide hall (Formally the Otaio church)  Click here for History
After the council donated the guidehall to our project $11,000 was raised to relocate it to the bushtown site where we hope to return it to its former use as a church complete with belltower.
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7.Auditorium and Reception Building (Currently oN hold)
Noel Welford (architect) has completed the plans for the Auditorium and Reception Building. They have also been checked and signed off by Structural Engineer Gary Littler. We owe a great deal of thanks to these two gentlemen for their contribution to the Bushtown Project. The building will consist of a 100 seat auditorium, kitchen, office and storage, plus a display area. The plans are now in the hands of the Waimate District Council Senior Building Inspector to check that nothing has been missed. After she has checked them it will be time to begin the fundraising exercise which will be the single largest challenge facing the Bushtown Committee.

Donations towards projects
If you would like to donate towards any of the Bushtown Projects please use the secure link below.

BushTown Waimate Incorporated
PO Box 43,
South Canterbury,
New Zealand