$1m for sports centre
Grant fifteenth $1m-plus payout by trust
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.