SHORT AND SHARP
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.