Locals chip in for helipad work



A “big milestone” has been reached in the construction of a community helipad in Lawrence.

Ground was broken at Simpson Park last month and drainage pipes were laid, forming the first crucial stage of the project, Lawrence- Tuapeka Community Board member Tim Dickey said.

‘‘We kind of anticipated this would be the hardest part of the build, just because it was outside of something that we could just do with volunteer labour within our group,” Mr Dickey said.
A lot of outside help was brought in to get the job done correctly.

Bill Fitzgerald Contracting owner Bill Fitzgerald gave his time, machines and expertise, while Lyders Contracting transported and donated gravel to bed the pipes.

“We also had P&F Global give us a great price on the pipes, which were then paid for by the Waitahuna Commonage Committee,” Mr Dickey said.

Mr Fitzgerald dug channels with his digger, and then the pipes were laid by volunteers from the community.

“We managed to get the job done with all the costs recovered from donations. We’re really happy with the result there,” Mr Dickey said.

A fundraising evening to finance the rest of the project had been planned for August 22, but Covid-19 restrictions meant it had to be postponed.

“It’s still going ahead.

‘‘We’re just waiting on an announcement from the Government. ‘‘It’s quite frustrating because there’s no timeline being indicated.

“As soon as we get word of when the Government are going to let us go to Level 1, we’ll decide on a date then.”