Funding towards the construction of the Arrowtown Community
and Sports Centre has been boosted by $600,000 from the
Central Lakes Trust.
The multi-use facility for up to 170 people is to be built at
Jack Reid Park and is estimated to cost $1.8 million. It will
include three community rooms, kitchen and social area,
toilets, changing rooms and storage capacity.
''It will provide a home for a number of community groups in
a multi-use facility, thus creating a strong and diverse
community that is inclusive,'' centre secretary Simon Spark
said in a statement.
The Arrowtown centre was one of several community facilities
which received funding help last week when the Central Lakes
Trust announced its latest grants totalling $1,551,931.
''This month's grants takes the total amount of funding
approved for local charitable projects during the past eight
months to almost $6 million and reflects our ongoing
commitment of making our community a better place to be,''
trust chief executive Paul Allison said.
''This is considerably more than the trust had approved at
the corresponding time last year.''
Other facilities to receive grants were Coastguard Queenstown
($250,000), Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust
($195,970) and Cromwell Squash Club ($80,000).
Coastguard Queenstown plans to construct a marine rescue
operations centre and boat ramp on a site next to the scout
hall in Frankton.
''Our volunteers do not currently have a suitable secure
space to store equipment, house radio communications and
undertake training,'' secretary Laura Harry said.
Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust will use the grant to
assist with the pre-construction phase of the community house
project, which includes architectural and professional
services, planning and consents.
''Sixty five potential user groups are interested in using
the new premises once it is built,'' trust chairwoman Dame
Sukhi Turner said.
Cromwell Squash Club plans to upgrade its two-court complex
with new toilets, showers, changing rooms and an additional
court, immediate past president Don McDonald said.