Public in­vited to come and in­spect LandSar’s new fa­cil­i­ties

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Wanaka LandSar is plan­ning an open day of its new fa­cil­i­ties in Bal­lan­tyne Rd on Satur­day.

The op­er­a­tions base was re­cently of­fi­cially opened by the Gover­nor-Gen­eral Sir Jerry Mateparae and com­mu­nity feed­back has en­cour­aged the group to open its doors to the public for an af­ter­noon.

Wanaka LandSar chair­man Paul Mar­shall said the com­mu­nity had been ‘‘in­cred­i­bly en­thu­si­as­tic and sup­port­ive’’ of the $400,000 build­ing.

Sup­port­ers have in­cluded the Wanaka Golf Club, lo­cal busi­nesses, plan­ners, sur­vey­ors, ar­chi­tects, build­ing con­sul­tants and other pro­fes­sion­als.

Ma­jor fund­ing con­tri­bu­tions were made by the Cen­tral Lakes Trust, Otago Com­mu­nity Trust and other com­mu­nity and gam­ing trusts out­side the Otago re­gion.

‘‘The com­bined re­sult of this sup­port, cou­pled with sig­nif­i­cant in­put from our own LandSAR mem­bers, has en­abled us to re­alise on the vi­sion which was first dis­cussed in 2012. We have had a num­ber of en­quiries from in­ter­ested mem­bers of the public re­gard­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing an open day, and we are de­lighted to be able to do so,’’ Mar­shall said.

Wanaka LandSAR car­ries out be­tween 35 and 50 op­er­a­tions an­nu­ally. Other wa­ter-based op­er­a­tions are car­ried out in con­junc­tion with Wanaka Coast­guard.

All LandSAR team mem­bers, with the ex­cep­tion of three Wanaka po­lice of­fi­cers, are vol­un­teers.

Fund­ing the on­go­ing costs of train­ing, equip­ment, and the op­er­a­tions base is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of trea­surer Ge­off Hat­ten.

Wanaka LandSar vol­un­teers train­ing in a river res­cue work­shop in late 2014.

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