Ice rink and bowling club get major CLT funding
Alexandra’s IceInline facility and the Queenstown Bowling Club are major benefactors in Central Lakes Trust’s latest funding round which saw over $400,000 being approved for community projects.
The $150,000 grant to IceInline will help the Alexandra facility install a new refrigeration plant and heat exchange that will be able to pipe excess energy 350 metres to the Molyneux Aquatic Centre in order to create an energy sharing venture that produces savings to both facilities.
If the energy cost savings materialise as planned, the next stage of this project is to construct a shell and roof over the existing rink in order to extend the ice season by a further three months.
Treasurer of IceInline Hugh McIntyre said even if the project did not proceed past stage one, they would have still achieved a new plant and a far more efficient and financially viable facility.
‘‘The community will also have gained a more financially viable swimming pool – a win-win for all concerned.’’
Chairman of Central Lakes Trust Malcolm Macpherson said the trust had worked closely with representatives from IceInline for over a year to help explore practical solutions for this facility.
The grant complemented funding already approved by the Vincent Community Board.
The Queenstown Bowling Club also received $100,000 to help towards costs of replacing the artificial surface on one of its greens which was laid in Astroturf a decade ago.
Wakatipu Abuse Prevention Network, which delivers services previously provided by Families First, received $80,000.
Central Lakes Trust has granted $150,000 to IceInline to help the Alexandra facility install a new refrigeration plant and heat exchange.