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Salvation Army to build service hub in Frankton

A Central Lakes Trust (CLT) grant will assist in building a much needed service hub for the Wakatipu region, says Salvation Army’s, Jade Zeina.

$350,000 was granted to Salvation Army at the Trust’s recent board meeting, held Monday 16 August, one of 15 grants approved at the meeting to a total value of $620,075.

“We are all over the moon with the funding and feeling extremely grateful,” Ms Zeina says.

“This puts us very close to our funding goal having raised a total of $8.4m of the $9.4m build cost.”

The new Salvation Army facility is to be built at Remarkables Park in Frankton, and will provide below market rate office space for social services the Salvation Army work with as well as a community theatre, all identified as key issues affecting the Wakatipu area.

The new 783m2 purpose-built facility is spread over two storeys with Salvation Army operating all their services from the ground floor, and the social services they work with out of the first floor.

CLT Grant Manager, Mat Begg says, “Prior to COVID-19, the Salvation Army in Queenstown were already dealing with a steady increase in demand. Last year they saw a 300% increase in demand with hundreds of people using their services for the first time. A purpose-built facility for their multiple services, will make delivery of their services more streamlined.”

Ms Zeina says much consultation went into choosing the site and the design of the new hub.

“Massive growth in the district’s population over the past 12 years has seen a shift in population from the central area of Queenstown to the Frankton area, this means locating the hub at Frankton, just makes sense. We need to be where the population is,” she says.

Ms Zeina says, “The CLT grant is significant for us and will be instrumental in helping complete our fit-for-purpose social wellbeing hub on the first floor, which will be home to other likeminded social agencies. This grant will not only have an impact on Salvation Army, but will help other organisations that are struggling with high rents. Together, we will be able to deliver a holistic approach to community care for generations.

It will also provide a multi-purpose room for community groups to run workshops and classes, as well as a meeting room for smaller needs like video conferencing.

QLDC’s Quality of Life survey identified a lack of community halls and spaces in our region. The hub design will incorporate an auditorium for a seated audience of up to 150 guests for small scale drama or music productions with movable staging, quality sound and lighting systems and a modern kitchen.

“This should go some way to catering to the lack of community hall space,” she says.

Since the Trust commenced 21 years ago, it has granted over $125 million back into the community. A total of $6.86 million of the $9.60 million grants budget for the 2021/22 financial year has been allocated to date.


Project grants
Alzheimers Society OtagoCentral Otago Vehicle$10,000
Arts Central Across The Bridge 2021$8,252
CODC - PropertyAlexandra Theatre Stage Upgrade Project$32,000
Remarkables Primary SchoolPlayground Upgrade$23,136
Salvation ArmyCommunity and Social Wellbeing Hub$350,000
Te KakanoStage 2 Nursery Development$20,000
WaoWao Summit 2021$50,700
Operational / Programme grants
Alexandra Rural Community PatrolOperational Grant Jul 2021 - Jun 2022$8,000
Bone Marrow Cancer TrustOperational Grant Sep 2021- Mar 2023$28,900
CCS Disability Action Southland IncorporatedOperational Grant - Jul 2021 - Jun 2022$7,500
Central Otago Heritage TrustOral History Programme Aug 2021 - July 2023$9,000
Community Patrols Of New ZealandOperational Grant Jul 2021 - Jun 2022$4,315
The Moray Foundation TrustOperational Grant Jul 2021 - Jun 2022$1,500
Upper Clutha Sports Community TrustFestival of Sport and Recreation 2021$6,772
Guarantee against loss (GAL)
Warbirds Over WanakaWarbirds Over Wanaka Airshow 2022$60,000
FINANCIAL YEAR END 2021/2022:$6,863,137

Values shown for multiyear grants are for the 2021/2022 year only.



Central Lakes Trust is a charitable trust that grant funds for charitable purposes.

It is the largest philanthropic trust per capita in the Southern Hemisphere. The trust purpose is to make a positive lasting contribution to the community by supporting charitable projects throughout Central Lakes; to enhance our community and the lives of the people within.

Since its inception in 2000 the Trust has grown its asset base from the $155m, bestowed by the Otago Central Electric Power Trust to assets totalling $435m, and has distributed more than $124m into a wide range of community projects and services throughout the Central Lakes area.

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