Wa­ter­sports build­ing fund reaches $1 mil­lion

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT -

MAR­JORIE COOK

The Wanaka Wa­ter­sports Fa­cil­ity Trust’s build­ing fund has reached $1 mil­lion and con­struc­tion could start in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber, with open­ing by mid next year.

Trust mem­ber Nic Blen­ner­has­sett has con­firmed re­cent grants of $400,000 (Otago Com­mu­nity Trust), $50,000 (Sar­good Be­quest) and $650,000 (Cen­tral Lakes Trust).

The re­sult of other fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the Lot­tery Grants Board and the Alexan­der McMil­lan Trust should be known soon.

To­tal con­struc­tion cost has been es­ti­mated at $1.65 mil­lion, Blen­ner­has­sett said.

‘‘We still have a bit to get. ‘‘But we are are hop­ing to get a rea­son­able amount and will prob­a­bly go to the Wanaka com­mu­nity for the ex­tra,’’ she said.

Ex­tra costs in­cluded those charged by ar­borists and other pro­fes­sion­als, she said.

The build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion was ready to be sub­mit­ted.

A pre-ap­pli­ca­tion meet­ing would be held with Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil staff this week be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion is lodged.

The En­vi­ron­ment Court granted re­source con­sent in 2017.

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