An architect's sketch of the $575,000 operations base that
Coastguard Queenstown wants to build at Frankton Marina.
Graphic from Coastguard NZ.
A two-year fundraising effort by Coastguard Queenstown
towards building a new operations base has passed the
three-quarter mark, but time is running out for the project.
Fundraising committee chairwoman Laura Harry said a donation
by the estate of former Lake Hayes resident and ''keen
boatie'' Peter Wilding had brought the total raised to
$440,000 out of the project's $575,000 cost.
However, the remaining funds had to be found soon as grants
already promised had ''expiry dates'', Ms Harry said.
The project was fully designed and had consent, but
construction could not begin until the full amount had been
''We'll have to complete the funding by the end of the
Coastguard Queenstown's 26 volunteer crew members have been
operating out of back rooms, store rooms and space at St John
and the Frankton Fire Station since the unit was set up in
At present, it operates from a small storage shed at the back
of a scouts building at Frankton Marina, and in 2012 was
granted consent by the council for a lease on a vacant
The new building will house rescue equipment and serve as a
training centre and operations base during search and rescue
The unit's president, Carl Portegys, said it needed
well-trained and equipped volunteers to cope with the
increasing number of people boating on the lake.
Ms Harry said the biggest contributors to the project so far
had been the Central Lakes Trust with $250,000, and the
Community Trust of Southland with $42,000.
A decision on whether to take up a Queenstown Lakes District
Council offer of a $50,000 interest-free loan would be made
later this month.