Clearer council funding guidelines in place

Clearer guidelines are now in place regarding funding given to community organisations by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

At the last general council meeting for 2012, held on December 18, councillors agreed to allocate $5000 per annum to each of the 15 identified community associations, subject to the funding being provided for in the annual plan.

Community associations must also sign a memorandum of understanding with the council before funding is received.

Included in the memorandum's criteria is that the association be an incorporated society, representative of the community, has an interest in all community issues and, if the grant is not spent during the financial year, it be returned to the council.

The council's arts and events facilitator, Jan Maxwell, chief executive Adam Feeley and Queenstown Mayor Vanessa van Uden will attend the various community associations' meetings.