$1m for sports cen­tre

Grant fif­teenth $1m-plus pay­out by trust

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

The Wanaka Sports fa­cil­ity project has re­ceived a ma­jor boost with a $1 mil­lion grant from Cen­tral Lakes Trust.

The trust last week an­nounced its lat­est fund­ing round of $1,273,012.

The Wanaka grant is the 15th grant of $1 mil­lion or more made by the trust since its in­cep­tion in 2000.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Al­li­son said it was the largest grant ap­proved by the Trust dur­ing the past fi­nan­cial year.

‘‘The wide­spread ben­e­fit that this project will pro­vide to large cross sec­tions of the com­mu­nity meant this was a rel­a­tively easy de­ci­sion for us to make,’’ Al­li­son said.

The grant was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the trust and high­lighted its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing ma­jor projects in the com­mu­nity, Al­li­son said.

The trust grant will be used to build stage one of the project, in­clud­ing two full size in­door net­ball courts, an out­door mul­ti­sport turf (61m x 48m), flood­light­ing of the out­door turf, chang­ing rooms, stor­age, a meet­ing room, re­cep­tion area, car park­ing and ba­sic land­scap­ing. Queen­stown Lakes mayor Vanessa Van Uden said the coun­cil was ‘‘thrilled at the news of this gen­er­ous grant, and very grate­ful’’ for the recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tance the Wanaka sports fa­cil­ity had to the dis­trict.

Trust chair­man Mal­colm Macpher­son said the trust was ‘‘de­lighted’’ to sup­port the fa­cil­ity.

The project has been through nu­mer­ous plan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses.

Coun­cil gen­eral manager plan­ning and devel­op­ment Marc Brether­ton said the fa­cil­ity mix in stage one would al­low for the growth of com­mu­nity sport and give the dis­trict the abil­ity to at­tract re­gional and na­tional sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions and tour­na­ments.

Work starts on stage one in May and is sched­uled com­ple­tion by July.

Win­ter Games NZ re­ceived fund­ing sup­port of $56,602 to as­sist pro­vide re­sources and trans­port to the event’s 1300 vol­un­teers and to de­liver ath­lete pro­grammes to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools stu­dents.

Eight com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceived fund­ing to­talling $209,590 to­wards their 2015-16

for op­er­a­tional costs.

Al­li­son said the trust had ap­proved al­most $75m worth of grants since 2000. ‘‘Con­sid­er­ing th­ese grants are con­cen­trated in a re­gion with a pop­u­la­tion base of ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 peo­ple only, we be­lieve this rep­re­sents the high­est fig­ure per head of pop­u­la­tion pro­vided by any phil­an­thropic trust in Aus­trala­sia this cen­tury,’’ Al­li­son said.

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