Funding for local groups
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.