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Magic Mountain Road Maintenance. VOTES NEEDED.

Part 1;

Magic Mountain near Omarama has provided some of the best flying in NZ for over 25 years. It has always been a challenge to drive up but the track has now deteriorated to the point where a bulldozer or grader was needed to make it safe. For many years funds were collected at the XC Classic, which went into a special CHGPC fund and paid out as required. Since the death of the owner (who used a grader on it) there was nobody available to maintain the road so the fund was abandoned and maintenance has been by manual labour since 2008.
Ex Canty member Warren Connolly last year introduced us to contractors working on the Tekapo canal who had bulldozers nearby. Apart from further deterioration, this year part of the scariest part of the track collapsed and we were facing further collapse and loss of the track completely if more vehicles used it. To ignore it would cost exponentially more to repair and loss of the site.
To bring the Magic Mountain road back to safe standard we ask the CHGPC to pay the balance of the repair cost that is not recovered from;
- NZHGPA Discretionary Fund. An application is in progress. Originally submitted as a remit to the NZHGPA AGM, the remit narrowly failed, mainly because the Canty Club was seen to have ample funds in the bank. The application meets practically all criteria so is expected to be successful. This could easily meet the entire immediate cost on its own or at least substantial part of it.
- Road toll/donations from users (the XC Classic usually attracts 30 - 40 pilots so we will collect up to $30 from each pilot (pending on what is collected from the above. Previously it was $20 so this will help catch up). Casual users not at the Classic will also be asked for a donation. Immediate funds return after this summer is expected to be between $800 - $1200.
- Donation from the Aorangi HGP Club, who offered approx $300. The exact amount is to be confirmed but the secretary is away at present.
This present road repair is configured to last better than before (4 or even 5 years) and we will manually maintain it as well. The initial work is expected to be paid off at earliest this season or at latest 3 years and then we should have or at least a healthy start to a sustainable fund.
We are asking for the CHGPC to meet the costs not recovered by the NZHGPA Discretionary Fund, donations from other clubs and the road toll donations until the fund can sustain itself.
To vote for or against the proposal, please return email with 'yes' to support on 'no' for not.

Part 2;

The CHGPC Magic Road fund to be reinstated as it needs to be built up for future maintenance. Tolls/donations to be collected as previously and deposited in the fund with maintenance carried out as required when funds are sufficient.
To vote for or against the proposal, please return email with 'yes' to support on 'no' for not.

We need your vote within 14 days.
Any questions please contact Bill Degen at home 03 326 6411,cell 021 247 2676 or email aero@xtra.co.nz, (Luke Goleman - luke@goleman.co.nz) or to vote email
Jen Corbett - jencorbett66@gmail.com,

Thanks for your input
Luke

Some Questions asked and responses from Bill Degan

1. No rebuild cost details given... Only details of returns from expected collection.... So we cannot vote on this..... Need more info. Also have southern club been asked to assist?

Cost is $2450 including gst. We got a reduced price for cash. I believe Luke asked the Southern Club.

2. I think it is good to keep it open but they have to let allow and in courage pg pilots 2.

The hangies encourage pgs up there because its usually gets them a driver. It blows there even on most light days, thermals are often strong, nasty with a horizontal pull over the back. Serious dusties on launch if winds are light. I’ve never seen a pg thats flown there come back for more. Speedwings might cope better though. Pgs were earlier banned by the landowner due to numerous accidents but might be ok now that his family have taken over. As a pg pilot myself, I would be very careful about which days to fly there, there’s better and safer pg sites nearby.

3. Cannot vote on this in current state. Want to know how much we are getting from other sources and set a maximum that the club will loan/outlay. Is this a loan or outlay? Concerned that there is no incentive for the regular users to pay or collect tolls for every time they use it.

It’s a Canty site and mainly used by our pilots, Aorangi has next biggest number of users followed in much less numbers by pilots from all other clubs. The maximum payment is affordable and repayable. Existing users had a working maintenance system in place until willing dozer/grader contractors became unavailable. We will put that back in place to recover present costs and future.

4. I'd also be willing to chip in a donation at some stage if there was a process to do so.

See Bill Degen. Donations are welcome but I would prefer the costs spread evenly as possible.

In Part 1 the line "We are

In Part 1 the line "We are asking for the CHGPC to meet the costs not recovered by the NZHGPA Discretionary Fund, donations from other clubs and the road toll donations until the fund can sustain itself." is an open ended statement - there are no defined limits on how much the club will spend, nor how long it will go on for. The club cannot offer such a commitment to any project. This proposal must be quantified and itemised estimates of costs provided. Then we can vote on it. If I recall correctly, at the AGM the general feeling was of support for the idea, but most members felt that the initial repair costs (and methods of recovering initial repair costs) needed to be fully outlined before this matter was put to the vote. The same would apply to how ongoing costs were to be managed.

For now voting should be suspended.

Update and reply

The job has now been done (somebody had to pay or we'd have lost the road this summer, so I did) and it cost hundreds less than the original estimate. Receipts are available. The amount asked for (now $2450 gst inclusive) is the 'limit'.
The collection method has been supplied. Costs have been covered in the past by this method and it has been proven to work. What we ask is for the Club to cover the cost of the latest work until it's paid back and to hold further money collected in the account until future work is needed. If any extra is required in the future, it will still have to go to the club for approval.
The result is the Assn is likely to pay all or most of the re establishment of the fund even though Canty Club members are the main users. Then collections & donations will top it up for future work. The club will simply end up with more money in the bank.
Please call or email me if you would like clarification on any of this. - Bill Degen

Great effort Bill. Email Jen

Great effort Bill. Email Jen a YES people and let's see
some paragliders up there this summer! It is such a nice mountain to fly.
Happy landings Rod

Great effort Bill. Email Jen

Great effort Bill. Email Jen a YES people and let's see
some paragliders up there this summer! It is such a nice mountain to fly.
Happy landings Rod