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Spring Chal­lenge

Wanaka team ATA Girls – Ali Moore, Ann Grant and Ta­nia Reid – were among about 930 women com­pet­ing in the Spring Chal­lenge, at Gibb­ston, on the weekend. The women were 46th in the six hour vet­eran cat­e­gory. More re­sults: page 13.

An­nual book sale

Doug Lovell and Pam Brown sort through books in prepa­ra­tions for the Ro­tary Club of Wanaka spring book sale on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day at the Spencer House mall. Pro­ceeds go to com­mu­nity projects. There will be books for all ages and in­ter­ests, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games.

Events get cash

Five ma­jor events were al­lo­cated grants un­der the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil’s events strat­egy. They are: NZ Open Golf Cham­pi­onship, $100,000; Queen­stown Marathon and Fes­ti­val of Run­ning, $80,000; War­birds over Wanaka, $55,000; Chal­lenge Wanaka, $40,000; Queen­stown Bike Fes­ti­val, $40,000. The Events Panel has also ap­proved in-kind sup­port for another 12 events. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the next fund­ing round will open on Novem­ber 4.

Kelly’s Flat sports grounds

The new sports fields at Kelly’s Flat in Wanaka will be ready for use next au­tumn. Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Ruth Stokes said al­though the turf looked ready, the grass was only planted in au­tumn and needed a full sea­son to be­come ro­bust enough to with­stand play. It was fine to walk on the grass, she said. Ms Stokes was re­spond­ing to in­quiries from mem­bers of the pub­lic about why the fields were not be­ing used.

Coun­cil’s pre­ferred sup­pli­ers

Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil is set­ting up a sys­tem of pre­ferred pro­fes­sional sup­pli­ers. It will pro­gres­sively ad­ver­tise on the Gov­ern­ment Elec­tronic Ten­ders Ser­vice in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber for ser­vices in­clud­ing engineering, insurance, bank­ing, le­gal, plan­ning and prop­erty man­age­ment. The aim is to bal­ance qual­ity of ser­vice with value for money.

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