Fund­ing for lo­cal groups

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Four Wanaka groups have re­ceived a large chunk of fund­ing from the Otago Com­mu­nity Trust. Wanaka Search and Res­cue re­ceived the largest dona­tion of $75,000, which will be used to build a new base for the group. Build­ing Project co-or­di­na­tor Phillip Mel­chior said the res­cue ser­vice was look­ing for­ward to mov­ing from its cur­rent in­ad­e­quate head­quar­ters, a dou­ble garage be­hind the old Wanaka po­lice sta­tion, to a per­ma­nent home next year. A re­source con­sent has been granted for the con­struc­tion of the build­ing near the cor­ner of Ballantyne Rd and Macpher­son St. The build­ing will be used for stor­age and train­ing in the im­me­di­ate term be­fore it will be­come the op­er­a­tional con­trol base. Up to 50 search and res­cue op­er­a­tions were held each year in Wanaka. The Wanaka Skate Park also re­ceived a gen­er­ous dona­tion of $40,000. The fund­ing will go to­wards an up­grade that will see a new clover bowl added, a shel­ter in­stalled and ex­ten­sions to ramps at the Pem­broke Park site. Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil project co-or­di­na­tor Jan Maxwell said the skate park was well used by lo­cal youth year round and at­tracted tourists as well. The ramps were also used by snow­board­ers for their win­ter prepa­ra­tion and they would have in­put into the new ramps. The trust also do­nated $8000 to the Alpine Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust to as­sist with the costs of ex­tend­ing the Up­per Clutha food­bank. The fund­ing will help the trust of­fer so­cial ser­vices along­side its food par­cel ser­vice and would help with the an­nual Christ­mas food ham­per drive. The Kahu Youth Trust re­ceived $3000. Other Cen­tral Otago do­na­tions in­cluded $1300 to the Cromwell Toy Li­brary and $1000 to the Otago Coun­try Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion in Alexan­dra.

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