SHORT AND SHARP
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: haweacommunity.co.nz/contactepic-community-fund.