Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

New gate guardian for air­port

Gore has the trout and Wanaka could soon have a plane on a pole. An ex-RNZAF Aer­ma­c­chi ‘‘gate guardian’’ for Wanaka Air­port has been en­dorsed by the Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board. Mem­bers agreed last Wed­nes­day the out­line plan for the air­port could be amended so War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Air­show could dis­play the plane on a pole. Air­show gen­eral man­ager Ed Tay­lor said Wanaka was now syn­ony­mous with beau­ti­ful old en­gines and many air­ports have gate guardians. The 11 me­tre long air­craft will be mounted about 3.6m off the ground, in­side the air­port fence in front of the hangar that houses the air­show’s of­fices and the War­birds and Wheels visi­tor at­trac­tion.

Con­tact Epic event fund ap­pli­ca­tions dead­line

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Con­tact Epic Com­mu­nity Fund close on Sun­day. The $6380 fund was es­tab­lished by the or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors of the round Lake Hawea moun­tain bike race. Con­tact Energy and LMS Events con­trib­uted $5 for ev­ery par­tic­i­pant in the 2015 event and will make con­tri­bu­tions from the next two races. Ap­pli­ca­tions are sought from Hawea dis­trict com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents in the com­mu­ni­ties of Lake Hawea, Hawea Flat, John Creek, the Maun­gaw­era Val­ley and the Din­gle­burn and Hunter Val­ley sta­tions. More in­for­ma­tion: hawea­com­mu­­tactepic-com­mu­nity-fund.

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