More than $95,000 has been allocated by the SkyCity
Queenstown Casino Community Trust in grants benefiting more
than 40 community organisations in the Queenstown Lakes
Since the trust's inception 11 years ago, it has donated
$1.18 million to 376 community organisations.
The largest grant recipient in this funding round was the
Lakes District Museum, which received $10,000 towards
redevelopment of to significant display areas - the geology
and music displays.
The funding would enable the museum to upgrade the areas to
include interpretive panels and moving flat screen images and
contribute to additional lighting and electrical needs.
The Kelvin Peninsula Association received $5000 for fencing
of its multi-purpose sporting facility at Jardine Park and
$4380 was granted to St John Wakatipu for a new marquee for
use when providing assistance for patrons at concerts and
The Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade received $4000 to
purchase new equipment to benefit the safety of volunteers
and patients being rescued, as its core business is now motor
SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust chairman Clark
Pirie said the funding was about recognising and supporting
groups involved in ''integral work in contributing to the
wellbeing of people within our unique community''.
''We want to ensure such organisations are well supported in
continuing to do the great work they do every day, and we
hope these grants make a difference in providing much needed
financial support for these groups.''
Grant recipients will be recognised and celebrated at a
function to be held at the SkyCity Queenstown Casino
Queenstown grant recipients
Arrowtown Autumn Festival: $4619 to update signage before the
30th festival; Arrowtown School 150th Celebrations: $1000 to
assist with printing of a commemorative booklet; Arrowtown
Volunteer Fire Brigade: $524 to purchase a Hooligan Tool
providing fast access to buildings; Frankton Volunteer Fire
Brigade: $4000 to purchase equipment to benefit the safety
volunteers and patients; Happiness House Trust: $1500 to
assist with firewood and rubbish disposal costs; Kelvin
Peninsula Community Association: $5000 to purchase fencing
materials associated with its multipurpose sporting facility;
Lakes District Museum: $10,000 to contribute to the
redevelopment costs of its geology and music displays; Lake
Hayes Community Association: $1000 to purchase concrete pipes
to be used for the construction of a children's bike track;
Queenstown Hockey Club: $2463.60 to purchase balls and goalie
gear; Queenstown Lakes District Council (Summerdaze
Festival): $1750 to contribute to the cost of printing 16,000
booklets detailing the 2014 festival programme; Queenstown
Lakes Family Centre: $2700 to provide for professional
development of staff; Queenstown Playcentre: $2807.39 to
provide new external downpipes, spouting and attachments;
Queenstown Primary School: $1940 to purchase four netbooks
and protective sleeves; Remarkable Theatre: $2000 to assist
with the costs associated with the presentation of Calendar
Girls, including hall hire, set construction, props, costumes
and performing rights; Remarkables Parents Association:
$1616.32 to purchase a Lego Mindstorm NXT kit; Rockformation
Charitable Trust: $1858 to purchase two new lightweight PA
speakers/stage monitors for band practice and use at
performances; Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Wakatipu
District: $1692.50 to purchase extra car booster seats to
meet the new law coming into effect next month, which will
require children to be in restraints until they are aged 7;
St John Wakatipu: $4380 for a marquee to protect volunteers
and patients at events; St Joseph's School: $823.04 to
purchase new microphones for pupils to use during school
assemblies and weekly prayers; The Kiwi Kids Lifeskills Trust
(Queenstown branch): $1608.70 to purchase specialised
equipment; Wakatipu Abuse Prevention Network (Jigsaw Central
Lakes): $650 to assist with stationery and update of
resources; Wakatipu Kindergarten: $3095.64 to update
teachers' laptops; Wakatipu Reforestation Trust: $2520 to
purchase potting mix and root trainer plants; Wakatipu Search
and Rescue: $4200 for a track and clue awareness course;
Wakatipu Toy Library: $1500 to replace floor puzzles and role
play toys; Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group: $2000 to
purchase a chainsaw, safety pants and helmet for training
volunteers, and 100 copies of The Threat, a book on wilding
conifers used for education; Wakatipu Youth Trust: $2300 for
a youth fitness programme, rock climbing course and mountain
bike maintenance and riding techniques courses.
Frankton Volunteer Fire
The Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade is attending more motor
vehicle accidents and fewer fire callouts, Frankton officer
in charge Grant Bewley says.
The brigade has received $4000 to purchase equipment which he
said would help stabilise vehicles and walls more quickly.
The station's core business was motor vehicle accidents and
Mr Bewley said that was because the station was equipped with
a rescue truck.
''It's [accident callouts] increasing all the time [and] the
fires are decreasing - it's just the trend over time ...
there's more rescue work.''
The Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade has 20 volunteers.