An artist's impression of the proposed Coastguard
Queenstown operations base. Image supplied.
Coastguard Queenstown, which operates from a tiny storage
shed at the back of a scout hall, could be about to secure a
huge financial boost towards a new operations base.
The group has already raised two-thirds of the $575,000
building costs and is in line to receive $50,000 from the Queenstown Lakes District
The council, at its meeting in Wanaka tomorrow, will be asked
to approve the contribution towards the proposed base.
In December, Queenstown Times reported the charity had
received $250,000 from the Central Lakes Trust, but was
asking for help with the final push.
Although $388,985 has been raised from grants, a charity
auction, in-kind contributions and a building fund, the
Coastguard was just over $186,000 short.
A document prepared by council operations manager Ruth Stokes
to be discussed tomorrow, said for the Coastguard to progress
with the building plan at the current fixed price, all
funding needed to be secured by the end of this month.
Coastguard ''is pro-actively contacting a number of entities
and individuals in order to achieve this,'' and as part of
this the group has asked the council to ''consider supporting
the project in addition to the subsidised lease already in
In 2012 the charity was granted consent from the council for
a lease on a site next to the Scout building at Frankton
The discussion document recommended a $50,000 council
contribution would be appropriate, considering the importance
of the Coastguard's role.
Since it was established in 2007, Coastguard Queenstown had
rescued 143 people, responded to 76 public-assistance calls
and assisted in 50 search-and-rescues.
The headquarters would serve as a search and rescue base as
well as hosting boating education programmes.
If approved, the funding would come from the Queenstown asset
sale reserve account, which had a balance of $207,296.
''The funds may be allocated at the discretion of [the]
council for capital proposals that are for the benefit of
Queenstown,'' Ms Stokes' report says.
Laura Harry, who has many roles with Coastguard Queenstown,
including secretary, treasurer and project manager, said the
group was ''thrilled'' the council was considering a
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