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An emergency vehicle similar to the one being bought for Milford.
Natalie has lived in Te Anau
for 25 years and she and her
husband, Je , own Milford
Helicopters which has oper-
ated out of Milford for the
past 23 years. She is an active
member of the Te Anau
Kepler Lions for 20 years and
held several positions within
the club over those years. She
was also previously involved
with the Te Anau Childcare
Committee. Natalie and Je
have 3 adult children who live
and work in the area.
Natalie believes that all busi-
nesses in Milford, whether big
or small, should have input
into what the Trust is trying
to achieve and should be kept
informed at all times.
Based in Queenstown, Rob
has over 15 years of tourism
experience working in a senior
capacity with travel organisa-
tions both in the UK and
New Zealand such as Cosmos
Holidays, Flight Centre, Tour-
masters South Paci c --includ-
ing Newmans Holidays, Ski
Express and Magic Travellers
Network brands - and since
May 2011, Cruising Milford
Sound Ltd. For most of his
six years in New Zealand, Rob
also represented the Backpack-
ing, Youth and Adventure
Tourism Association in the
position of secretary.
Rob is passionate about
the tourism industry and is
focused on enabling Milford
Sound to maintain its position
as New Zealand s pre-eminent
tourist destination, under-
pinned by a strong and vibrant
The Trust is keen to see improvements at the Milford
Airport and has had discussions with Ministry of
Transport, Department of Conservation, NZ Trans-
port Agency and users of the airport.
Trust chairman Mike Schuck said the Trust wants
to explore options for improvement in the overall
governance of the Milford airport.
At this initial stage the Trust has asked DOC to im-
prove safety at the State Highway entrance to the air-
port once the NZ Transport Agency has put forward
The Trust also supports the establishment of a suit-
able non-passenger helicopter operational area and
also the development of a bus put down /pick up
loop off the State Highway. It also believes a shelter
and toilet for airport passengers are necessary.
"The Trust will advocate for the establishment of a
more direct vehicle linkage between the airport the
proposed emergency response garage within the
Cleddau Village," Mr Schuck said.
MILFORD AIRPORT NEEDS IMPROVEMENTS
R o St t o
e Trust has agreed to meet
the $800 annual cost for
licensing Milford Sound s
92FM radio station. e Mil-
ford Development Authority
previously paid this as a gift to
Following consultation with
the community, new road
names have been selected for
the Cleddau Village. e new
road names are Deepwater
Basin Road, Sinbad Drive,
Pembroke Drive, Gravel Pit
Lane, Lena Place, Gillian
Place and Noel Lane. e
signs are already in place.
e most signi cant change at Milford Sound in the past year is
the Cleddau River ood protection works, Milford Community
Trust chairman Mike Schuck said in the Trust s Annual Report.
" e Trust has played a governing role in this project and con-
gratulates all those parties involved in progressing this work on
time. I believe this ood protection work is the biggest develop-
ment at Milford Sound since the Homer Tunnel, in that it allows
for bed numbers to nally increase, meeting the future needs of
the community," Mr Schuck said.
Another project completed during the year was the foreshore
walkway at a cost of $17,000.
e Trust ended the year with a surplus of $69,294 compared
with a budgeted de cit of $43,629.
e reason for the surplus was due to a number of factors includ-
ing projects such as roading maintenance and project develop-
ment not starting, Mr Schuck said.
A new vehicle for the Emergency Response Team has been or-
dered following the Trust s decision to meet one third of the cost
of the vehicle.
e Trust s share of the cost is expected to be $34,000 with the
balance being meet by the National Rural Fire Authority.
Chairman Mike Schuck said it was disappointing that the Trust
was unsuccessful in securing outside funding but it was in an
"If we do not nd the one third share the truck cannot be
purchased and the Trust feels it is imperative that Milford com-
munity is served by a modern and suitable equipped emergency
response vehicle," Mr Schuck said.
e Trust is still seeking funding from external sources, but if this
is unsuccessful the Trust s share may have to be met by a slight
increase in concessionaire fees.
Chairman Mike Schuck was delighted to welcome the two new
Trustees at the last Milford Community Trust meeting.
"We look forward to these new trustees bringing their experi-
ence and knowledge of Milford to the table," Mr Schuck said.
The Milford Commmunity Trust was established in 2007 by the Southland District Council and the Department of Conservation with
the assistance of Environment Southland. It was created to provide leadership and governance for the Milford Community in Milford
Sound Piopiotahi. The Trust is made up of a board of seven trustees with representatives from stakeholder groups. It is chaired by Mike
Schuck. This is the second in a series of regular updates from the Trust. Each time we will feature what the Trust has been involved in,
and introduce the Trustees.
Trust manager Chris Dolan
Phone: 0800 732 732
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