Community centre receives grant of $600,000

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.