Public invited to come and inspect LandSar’s new facilities
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.