Ice rink and bowl­ing club get ma­jor CLT fund­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Lakes Trust has granted $150,000 to IceIn­line to help the Alexan­dra fa­cil­ity in­stall a new re­frig­er­a­tion plant and heat ex­change.

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