SHORT AND SHARP
Tyler Spurell, 22, of Australia is the sixth and final rider to make up Team Cromwell - the Tour of Southland’s first town team. Team manager Anthea Tall announced the full team publicly on Monday with the signing of the 22-year-old Australian. ‘‘We are happy to present our 6th rider for Team Cromwell. Tyler . . . has been racing in the Australian National Road Series for two and a half years. He recently claimed a Stage victory in The Tour of the Murray River following a solo breakaway.’’ He joins two UK-based riders, Tom Stewart, 24, and Matt Holmes, 20, Cromwell’s Gavin Mason, former Southlander Matt Marshall and Mark Spessot, 47, of Dunedin, for Team Cromwell – the Tour of Southland’s first town team.
The Voice star visit
Australian songstress Delta Goodrem made a fleeting visit to Queenstown last week and performed for 80 people at a wool industry event on October 15. Goodrem tweeted a photo of herself and a guitarist at Jack’s Point, near Queenstown, to the social website Twitter before performing at an event. The photo appeared with the caption "Two favourite things music & nature as one". Goodrem, a judge on the Australian version of reality singing television show The Voice, has more than 452,000 followers on Twitter. She performed at the Jack’s Point Clubhouse for the World Wool Record Challenge Cup and flew out of the resort Thursday morning. The event was also attended by Italian luxury clothing billionaire Pier Luigi Loro Piana. Loro Piana was visiting New Zealand with 22 delegates from across the globe on a merino wool tour.
The council is warning drivers it’s zero tolerance for anyone not entitled to park in a mobility space around the Wakatipu.
Queenstown Lakes District Council say 388 infringement notices were issued to people parking in disability spaces without entitlement in the 2012/13 financial year. The current year’s figures were unavailable. Each notice pings the driver $150, which equates to total fines of $58,000. The Mirror asked the council for a break down of paid and unpaid fines but this was available.
A spokeswoman said a report might be possible in the future when the council switches to a new IT system.
Anecdotally, Arrowtown is one spot where people without entitlement often park in mobility spaces. Council regulatory manager Lee Webster said Arrowtown was actively monitored by volunteers.
‘‘Generally people need to ensure they do not park illegally in a disability park as we have zero tolerance.’’
Free dog control classes
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will host free classes in understanding and changing dog behaviour. Canine behaviourists Gary Wulf and Mary Chaffery would team up to run the sessions, which will be limited to 15 dogs and owners.
Courses will be held at the Wanaka Showground November 1, Lake Hayes Pavilion November 9, Kingston Library Reserve November 15 and Peter Farmer Park in Hawea on November 22. Participating dogs must be registered, microchipped, be wearing a collar and owners must bring a leash and poo bags with them.
To register email email@example.com with ‘‘dog course’’ in the subject line or phone 441 0499 and ask for the dog control team.
Bus stop work begins
Work on a $150,000 project to build two bus stops and safety crossing near the Copthorne Lake View Hotel on Frankton Rd in Queenstown started on Monday. New Zealand Transport Agency Central Otago highway network manager John Jarvis said the work will be carried out to minimise disruptions for road users but minor delays could be expected. The bus stops should be ready by the end of the year.
The project was a joint initiative with the agency, Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown Lakes District Council, NZSki and Connectabus.
Women in Genetics
Next Wednesday night five of New Zealand’s leading genetic scientists will share their ground-breaking research at Queenstown’s first ever ‘‘Discusstation’’ event. Genetics Otago, in association with Catalyst Trust, is offering wine, wisdom and canapes at its free ‘‘Women in Genetics – from Genomics to Zebrafish’’ presentation at Sasso Restaurant, from 5.30 till 7.30pm. Catalyst Trust chair Cath Gilmour said research covered would range from exploration for the cancer conquering genome and what honeybees can tell us about our health, to epilepsy’s genetic links and the long-term effects of health during pregnancy on our children. Seats are limited and must be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will launch a second round of consultation on the Draft Economic Strategy after most of the 24 submissions it received were expected to be focusing on the idea to merge the district’s tourism bodies. Submissions on the Draft Economic Strategy closed on Friday but the council wanted to encourage stakeholders and the public to consider the wider issues that the strategy raises. Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks said that most of the feedback to date suggested that submitters were focusing on the proposal to review the district’s tourism bodies. ‘‘That was just one of 15 suggestions, but it appears to have become a contentious issue for many people, and distracted attention from the other parts of the strategy. It may be better to park the promotion body issue and encourage those organisations to focus on the wider, strategic economic development opportunities for our district,’’ he said.
Plane crash exercise
Over 60 emergency service volunteers will take part in a mock plan crash in Queenstown next month to practice search and rescue, first aid and emergency welfare. Another 40 volunteers were needed to act as casualties and bystanders as part of the exercise on November 8 and 9. Anyone who was willing to take part
Supper raises $40,000
Ronald McDonald House South Island raised $40,000 at a Supper Club event held in Queenstown on Wednesday night.
The funds will be used to support families while their children were receiving medical treatment. The mystery dining event involved selling an evening out which was donated by local restaurants and chefs.
Police are investigating serious vandalism in the public toilets in Lake Hayes Estate. Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said residents called police on Monday after discovering stones thrown down toilets, blocking the system, and fires set in cubicles. ‘‘It appears it’s happened over the school holiday period. Police will be increasing patrols in that area.’’