Cen­tre gets a boost

Film-maker to share sto­ries at Lake Hawea

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By AIMEE WIL­SON

Lake Hawea’s new com­mu­nity cen­tre is cost­ing more than $25,000 a year to run, and the com­mit­tee is faced with huge on­go­ing ex­penses to keep it open.

So a speaker fundraiser fea­tur­ing lo­cal film-maker and pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Sidey, along with Sochi Win­ter Olympics Chef de Mis­sion Peter Wardell, has been or­gan­ised for Fri­day night.

Themed ‘The Dif­fer­ent Worlds of Snow and Ice’ – Sidey will be shar­ing sto­ries and pho­tos from his time in the po­lar re­gions dur­ing the past 10 years.

‘‘It will cover both ends of the world – from Antarc­tica to the Arc­tic . . . some of my spe­cial mo­ments and in­sights into how those re­gions are chang­ing from global warm­ing. I have ac­tu­ally seen it with my own eyes.’’

Peter Wardell is at­tend­ing to fam­ily busi­ness in Ire­land and won’t be back in the coun­try un­til to­mor­row.

The com­mu­nity cen­tre, which is not a coun­cil fa­cil­ity and there­fore has no fi­nan­cial sup­port, has been open 14 months but the cost of heat­ing, in­sur­ance and com­pli­ance checks has the com­mit­tee strug­gling to pay its bills.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman El­iz­a­beth Hor­rell said the price of in­stalling a commercial kitchen and proper wiring for func­tions was ‘‘just hor­ren­dous’’, and on­go­ing com­pli­ance bills of more than $3000 a year was a cost they couldn’t avoid.

Mrs Hor­rell ac­cepted the build­ing was un­der­used but said the com­mit­tee had been work­ing hard to pro­mote the fa­cil­ity bet­ter, in the com­mu­nity and on­line.

Reg­u­lar quiz nights would be held dur­ing win­ter and more fundrais­ing events were planned for later in the year.

‘‘We just have to work away at it to be­come self-suf­fi­cient,’’ she said.

Photo: AIMEE WIL­SON

Re­flec­tion: Film-maker and pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Sidey re­laxes in Wanaka be­fore Fri­day’s speaker fundraiser.

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