News briefs: 26/03/2020

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Community Networks needs soap

Please consider purchasing some extra bars of soap and cleaning/disinfecting products for Community Networks. These will be sent out to households in need over the coming weeks and months. There are two ways you can go about this:

1)At both supermarkets there are boxes at the front of the store where you can drop those items.

 2) You can hand-deliver them to the Wānaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall

Freedom Campers

If they are New Zealanders and are able to get home then the first message is that they should do so.

If they are international then they can still use international travel to get home but should not go to the airport unless they have a ticket. If they do not have a ticket contact a travel agent or airline directly. If they are unable to secure a ticket they should contact their country embassy.

QLDC has a list of accommodation providers that are accepting those needing to self isolate

Rubbish news from the QLDC

QLDC said kerbside collection of wheelie bins will continue as normal with all general waste (red bin) and recycling (yellow bin) temporarily going to landfill as our materials recovery facility will also have to close. Where possible QLDC will store glass (blue bin) for recycling later but this may also need to go to landfill.

Please space  wheelie bins at least 50cm apart and make them as accessible to the trucks as possible. Your help in minimising the need for the drivers to handle bins (and therefore lessen the chance of them being exposed to the virus) is much appreciated.

Congestion on SH 84 should ease after lockdown

Traffic congestion on State Highway 84 near the Three Parks development in Wānaka should start to ease after the lockdown as the Sir Tim Wallis roundabout enters its final stages of construction.

Traffic coming into Wānaka from the east has been disrupted since Christmas due to the roadworks but when finished the $3.5million to $4million roundabout will connect SH84 with Sir Tim Wallis Drive.

Dippie said the landscaping was under way for both projects, and 7000 native plants had been allocated for the roundabout alone.


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