Funds sought for luge

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

The for­mer Coronet Peak Cresta Run has a new home in Naseby.

The Naseby Sum­mer Luge Trust has es­tab­lished a Give-a-Lit­tle page seek­ing pledges to progress the de­vel­op­ment of the sum­mer luge/alpine slide in the town.

The Spi­jker­bosch and Proc­tor fam­i­lies gifted the luge, which op­er­ated at Coronet Peak in the mid 1980s and 1990s, to the trust.

Spokesman Geoff Balme said the trust is seek­ing to raise around $100,000 to re­con­struct the fa­cil­ity.

In March the trust re­ceived a $30,000 do­na­tion from the Otago Com­mu­nity Trust and has since re­ceived a pledge of a fur­ther $15,000 from an­other source.

‘‘The next port of call for the trust is Lotteries but we’d like to progress our fundrais­ing fur­ther be­fore mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion to them in Au­gust.’’

The Give-a-Lit­tle page has been up for a week and al­ready over $1500 has been pledged to­wards a tar­get of $15,000.

‘‘As well as be­ing a unique, at­trac­tive and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to add to the recre­ational op­tions avail­able in the Naseby area, it will help mit­i­gate the sea­son­al­ity of Naseby’s ice rink and ice luge. It will bring more jobs, more vis­i­tors and more eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Cen­tral Otago,’’ Balme said.

The trust hopes to be­gin con­struc­tion in early 2018 and have the sum­mer luge open in late 2018.

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The Naseby Sum­mer Luge Trust is seek­ing funds to help with its con­struc­tion.

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