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Auction: 10am - 5th July 2013 at The Golden Gate Lodge Café, Barry Avenue, Cromwell
Care needed: Icy Fernhill Rd at the Sainsbury Rd intersection.
Photo: JAMES ALLAN 628065555
More grit needed in
Fernhill, residents say
How well are the grit trucks
operating this winter? Email
your thoughts to
Slippery: An accident on an icy
Glenorchy Rd near the Sunshine Bay
turnoff. Photo: JAMES ALLAN 628065545
By JOHN EDENS
Fernhill residents are gritting
their teeth about the state of the
suburb's main road and footpaths
Residents say the steep section of
Fernhill Rd from the Heritage
Hotel past Sainsbury Rd to the
bus stop is often ice-covered and
more gritting is needed to prevent
Fernhill resident and photo-
grapher James Allan said he was
driving up Fernhill Rd at 10.45pm
one night earlier this month when
a car slid on ice into a drainage
ditch on the other side of the road.
There was another accident along
the Glenorchy Rd near the
Sunshine Bay turnoff.
''The road hadn't been gritted. . .
the road was nearly sheet ice and
when police arrived they said that
the roading contractors had been
advised of the ice and were on
However, he said the Queenstown
Lakes District Council Facebook
update said: ''Apparently it's a bit
slippery up Fernhill Rd tonight.
Best take Sainsbury if going up or
He suggested it was a better
course of action to alert the
contractor and grit the road
instead of posting an alert on
Vehicles regularly slid on ice on
the steep section of Fernhill Rd
into the drainage ditch, he said.
Another resident said the
footpaths were often covered in
ice and the council needed to
Queenstown Lakes District
Council transport manager Denis
Mander said the council's
contractor Downer EDI worked
between 6am and 10pm.
''The contractor has to maintain
the road open at these times.
''They are usually out from 5 to
5.30am, they do patrols across the
''The early morning is when most
of the grit goes down.''
Grit trucks were also deployed on
days when there was black ice in
the afternoon, which happened
earlier this month.
Police alerted the council to the
Glenorchy Rd black ice and
footpaths were treated when they
were snow or ice-covered, he said.
Contractors would be instructed
to keep an eye on Fernhill Rd and
its footpaths, he said.
Amphibious: The Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A has long been a crowd
favourite at the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow and organisers hope the
70-year-old aircraft will return next year with fully refurbished wings. The flying
boat, one of only two still flying in the Southern Hemisphere, t was recently
moved into a Palmerston North hangar for the restoration, the first of its kind
since the aircraft was built. Catalina Preservation Society president Lawrence
Acket said the goal was to fly it at next year's Easter airshow because there was
something special about flying it around Wanaka. ''For some reason the Catalina
is at 'home' when it's in Wanaka. Maybe it's the lake and mountains,'' he said.
The society would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help with the
wing refurbishment project. Its website is nzcatalina.org.nz.
Trapping volunteers welcome
Pest control: Queenstown
Climbing Club members,
including Philip Green,
pictured, are helping protect
the Wye Creek conservation
area by checking the 43 stoat
traps set with Department of
Conservation staff in May. It
was the first step in a long-term
plan to protect flora and fauna
of the 250 hectare ecosystem.
Anyone who wishes to help can
contact Ray Molloy on
441 8972 or Estelle Poiron on
022 162 2977.
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