Heritage funding available

The historic Arrowtown jail has benefited from heritage funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Photo by James Beech.
The historic Arrowtown jail has benefited from heritage funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Photo by James Beech.

About $70,000 has been given out by the Queenstown Lakes District Council over the past five years to assist people who own heritage buildings or features.

Chief executive office director Meaghan Miller said the grant was introduced in 2006 after a need was identified to help the community maintain heritage features.

The fund consisted of a potential $25,000 per annum but in the past five years, the maximum sum had not been reached.

Most of the grants were of under $1000, Ms Miller said.

She said common reasons funding was requested was for maintenance and for professional advice for historical cottages and stables.

Past recipients of the fund were the Arrowtown jail, the Queenstown Bowling Club pavilion and various heritage trees.

Applications were considered by the council's property subcommittee.