The Committee decided last Thursday to make a conditional one-off donation of $2,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust as a contribution to maintenance costs of the Queenstown Bike Park for the forthcoming season. This one-off donation is a big favour, bought about by a large shortfall in the maintenance budget for the forthcoming season. Last year there was $44,000 in the maintenance budget thanks to QLDC, the Queenstown Trails Trust and Vertigo Bikes. Skyline also undertook a lot of maintenance within the park (both of Hammy’s and the secondary trails). This year there is substantially less money available (around $20,000 given by the QLDC). The Queenstown Trails Trust are unable to contribute any money this year as they are still fundraising to complete the Queenstown Trail (due to open next month). The Trails Trust have been really good to the Club in the past, and the Committee decided this was an appropriate time to make a conditional one-off donation back to the Trust to say thank you for their past support. While the Club acknowledge that they are under no obligation to make this donation, we are in a good financial position to make the one-off donation and we hope it may entice other organisations involved in or profiting from Queenstown Bike Park to do the same. $2,000 is a lot of money for the Club, which is why we have attached conditions to our offer to donate that will see the money is put to it’s best use. It is hoped that this one-off donation will also mean that Skyline will continue to offer QTMBC members discounts on passes. Since Skyline and many other local businesses started offering discounts to club members over the last two years, the club membership (and subsequent income from membership) has risen significantly to over 400 members. A big thanks to all local businesses that offer member discounts and we will advise of the discounts as they arise. The decision to make the conditional one-off donation was not made lightly. In the end it came down to a vote of six committee members (with Nathan Greenwood abstaining from the vote due to a conflict of interest), with four committee members voting in favour of making the donation and two (including Club president Tom Hey) voting not to make the donation. One of the main deciding factors was to try to secure the discount from Skyline in order to save QMTBC members money while continuing to grow the club. The Committee are really interested in members feedback on this issue. We stress that it is a one-off donation and the Club will continue to lobby Skyline to grow, maintain and patrol the park without the Club’s involvement in the future.