Community sports centre cash in place

More than 10 years after investigations first began, construction can finally begin on the Arrowtown Community & Sports Centre.

Trust secretary Simon Spark said a $50,000 grant from the New Zealand Community Trust meant all the funds required for the building were now in place.

Building consent was granted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council late last month which meant construction could begin.

That process was still to be finalised, but one company would be appointed from the three tenderers involved.

''Hopefully construction can start later this year,'' Mr Spark said.

The facility would be used by a variety of community groups and would include a bar and kitchen facilities, changing rooms, showers, toilets and three adjoining function spaces.

It would cater to sports clubs, community groups and private functions.

Mr Spark, also the president of the Arrowtown Rugby Club, had been involved in the project since its inception in 2006.

''It has consumed a lot of my time and energy, but it is now going to be a reality.

''I like the fact that I have done something for the Arrowtown community, in a small way.

''It will be a facility we can all be proud of.''

He expected the new facility would be finished by April or May next year.


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