Only if you scratch my back, too

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Queenstown Lakes District Council’s regulatory arm Lakes Environmental has issued a new “you scratch my back” sponsorship policy.

Community groups wanting free use of public space to promote their good cause also have to promote LE.

In official forms, applicants are required to fill in a section that asks them “how can a community profile be achieved for Lakes Environmental Limited?”

Part of the “in kind” sponsorship policy also states that “Lakes Environmental Limited also has a cash budget that is to be distributed to community groups, individuals or events that will promote Lakes Environmental Limited and its objectives while helping the individual, group or event”.

Organisers of a fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation being staged in Queenstown on December 4 say LE waived a $400 fee for a resource consent – and they’re “happy” to display council-related promotional material at the event at Earnslaw Park.

LE boss Hamish Dobbie is taking part in the “Funrazor”, where people will have their heads shaved to raise cash for the children’s charity.

Funrazor organiser Nicole Mason-Hedges says: “On the resource consent there was an area asking “would you be happy to …” and then it gave a list of different options.

“I said we’d be happy to display some brochures or flyers of theirs at the event as they are right behind it.”