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Graduates celebrate success
Pitching business concepts to a Dragon’s Den-style panel was the highlight of a Queenstown Resort College course for graduate James Blakeley. The Aucklander is one of 125 college students attending their graduation ceremony at Queenstown Memorial Centre tomorrow afternoon. The 20-year-old Adventure Tourism Management student graduates in the top four of his class after 18 months’ hard work. “It was brilliant but challenging, especially the last term with 12 assignments on the go,” Blakeley says. “I enjoyed writing the business plan the most and then pitching it. It’s an expensive course but worth it with all the industry teachers and guest speakers.” Hospitality Management diploma students will also graduate. QRC boss Charlie Phillips says: “It’s very satisfying. Our mission is to make QRC graduates employers’ first choice and we feel we’re achieving that.” 

Minimal traffic delays expected
Queenstown Resort College’s graduation procession will cause minimal traffic hold-ups tomorrow. The parade begins at 1.10pm and graduands walk from QRC along Camp Street via Red Rock and on to the Memorial Centre. Police will control each intersection. 

Overdue loo upgrade
Central Lakes Trust has granted Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum $37,350 towards upgrading its toilets. The toilets are more than 30 years old and substandard but the museum hadn’t upgraded them due to financial constraints, director David Clarke says. Other local recipients in the trust’s latest funding round are Wakatipu Youth Trust, which has been granted $60,000 in operational funds and Queenstown Bike Festival organisers who’ve got $4300 in infrastructure costs. Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society has been given $2500 towards a Wakatipu field officer service.