Record Grants Year
Central Lakes Chief Executive Susan Finlay. Photo Supplied

The past financial year has seen a record allocation for the Central Lakes Trust.

CLT Chief Executive, Susan Findlay, says’ “We grant in a very specific geographical area; $10 million dollars for one year undoubtedly has a big impact.

The funding support the Trust offers so many groups goes a long way to enhancing our environment, our people and the opportunities we have within the district.”

The funding has all gone to charitable causes and needs in our Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes community. In the last funding round, $514,000 was granted, $200,000 of which went to the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust for their Air Rescue Training Programme, to ensure mandatory on-going training requirements are met at the Queenstown base.

Lakes District Air Rescue Trust chair, Jules Tapper, says, “The air rescue helicopter provides a crucial emergency response service in our wider community. The support of Central Lakes Trust over the years has ensured this can continue uninterrupted.”

Twenty-eight thousand was granted to the whole QLDC and CODC area to assist with he establishment of a reliable VHF radio communication network across our region for use in emergency or disaster events.

Coastguard Wanaka Lakes received $312,000 towards the new Wanaka Marine Rescue Centre, and Roxburgh received $920,000 towards their new pool.

The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust, based in Cromwell, were granted $42,500 towards the renovation of their heritage building, the old Methodist Church.

Since its inception in 2000, the Trust has distributed more than $118 million into community projects and services throughout our region.

For full details of the grants allocated, and to find the application process, go to their website, or email

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