Search and Res­cue, fes­ti­val get fund­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Wanaka Search and Res­cue has been granted $186,000 to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new head­quar­ters next to the new Wanaka Po­lice Sta­tion. The grant was the largest in the al­most $570,000 pool of grants from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust in its lat­est fund­ing round. Landsar Wanaka project leader Phil Mel­chior said the fa­cil­ity was es­sen­tial to al­low con­tin­ued op­ti­mal op­er­a­tion. The unit is one of the busiest back coun­try search and res­cue groups in the coun­try av­er­ag­ing 35 to 50 op­er­a­tions a year. It is a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion en­com­pass­ing five spe­cial­ist units – alpine, bush, swift wa­ter, search dogs and mar­itime. Chair­man Paul Mar­shall said there was no con­firmed cost for the project but it was likely to be be­tween $400,000 and $500,000. ‘‘We’re try­ing to put our­selves in a po­si­tion where we’re good for a long long time into the fu­ture. ‘‘The build­ing’s not just for stor­ing equip­ment as such. We should be able to run op­er­a­tions from that build­ing as well and take some pres­sure off po­lice.’’ Ap­pli­ca­tions had been made to var­i­ous fun­ders. The sec­ond largest Cen­tral Lakes Trust grant was $150,000 to the Cen­tral Otago Eco­log­i­cal Trust to in­crease its preda­tor­proof area to 14 hectares by erect­ing a 1.6 kilo­me­tre pet­proof fence at the Mokomoko Dry­land Sanc­tu­ary. The fence will en­close an eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able area of shrub, rock and stream habi­tat on Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion land. The Cen­tral Otago Her­itage Trust re­ceived a grant of $24,080 to­wards fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of its Mem­ory Bank at mem­o­ry­bank.co.nz. It will dig­i­tally store his­tor­i­cal records and oral his­to­ries. Guar­an­tees Against Loss were ap­proved for the For­tune The­atre Trust for Gifted, to be per­formed in Queen­stown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexan­dra this month ($5000); to the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety to as­sist with The Buddy Holly Story ($5000) and Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Sum­merdaze fes­ti­val ($7500).

Call of duty: Wanaka Search and Res­cue in ac­tion.

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