Central Lakes Trust digs deep


Central Lakes Trust is increasing grants to Wakatipu social service organisations, chief executive Paul Allison says. 

The trust fund – created from the sale of former Otago Central Electric Power Board assets – approved 12 grants to Wakatipu organisations in the past quarter, totalling $309,454 – almost half the trust’s latest allocation. 

“Queenstown probably got a good percentage this time around,” Allison says. 

“With the growth in the population, services are increasing.” 

An example is the Families First Trust, whose operational funding for its Queenstown Lakes Family Centre rose from $40,000 last year to $55,000. 

“It’s extremely useful, we couldn’t do without it,” Families First Trust acting chairman Meg Bryant says. 

“It’s even more important because funding’s way down and we’ve increased services.” 

CLT’s also given opera-tion grants of $36,000 to Happiness House, $20,000 to the Disability Resource Centre, $27,500 to local Presbyterian Support Southland services, $12,500 to Citizens Advice Bureau and $20,265 to Salvation Army Wakatipu. 

For building upgrades it’s given $8000 to Queenstown Art Society and $15,201 to Queenstown Playcentre. 

CLT has also granted $54,091 and $20,000 to community events associated, respectively, with next month’s Winter Games and the recent Winter Festival, and $37,869 to the Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme to help small arts groups. 

In the past financial year CLT has provided grants of more than $5 million. 

The largest grant was $1m to the Wakatipu Trails Trust towards its 87km trail network.