Funding applications to help build the Arrowtown
Community and Sports Centre (ACSC) will be lodged by the end of
the month after the Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday
approved $500,000 towards the $1.78 million project.
The ASCS trust sought a $700,000 contribution from the
council, but the council endorsed a recommendation from
operations general manager Ruth Stokes to limit the council's
cash contribution to $400,000, to come from the Arrowtown
That was in addition to the council's covering direct costs
incurred from repositioning the rugby field at Jack Reid
Park, tree removal and shifting ancillary services.
Trust chairman Murray Bennett told the Otago Daily
Times after yesterday's meeting in Wanaka it was
''absolutely brilliant news''.
Mr Bennett said funding applications were ready to go, but
could not be sent to respective agencies until the council
had indicated its financial support for the project.
The trust - which will own, operate and manage the facility -
has proposed indicative funding for the project of $2.05
million, including $100,000 already confirmed from the
Arrowtown Rugby Club and $150,000 of in-kind community
support, of which $65,000 has been confirmed.
Mr Bennett said in-kind funding included discounts of about
$25,000 for roofing and cladding, $20,000 of donated schist
stonework and about $11,500 on plumbing.
''Without that, we've got to cook a lot of sausages.''
The indicative funding included a $700,000 grant from the
Central Lakes Trust.
At yesterday's meeting, Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins said
the town's Athenaeum Hall was often unavailable as it was
routinely booked out by community groups, making the sports
centre a much-needed facility.
ACSC Trust chairman Murray Bennett told the council during
the public forum the aim was to start work on the centre at
Jack Reid Park in April or May next year, to be completed by
the end of 2014.
Cr Simon Stamers-Smith asked Mr Bennett how much it would
affect the project if only $500,000 was provided by the
''It will tighten the belt ... but we don't wish to seem
ungrateful by frowning at $500,000,'' Mr Bennett said.
A public meeting would probably be held towards the end of
this month so members of the community could have a say on
the 635sq m facility and suggest any design ''tweaks'' they