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Council Administration................... 2090330 Gore Library ...................................... 2039129
Gore Multi-Sports Complex ............ 2039128
Eastern Southland Gallery .............. 2089907
Destination Gore Visitor Centre ..... 2039228
Mataura Library/Service Centre ..... 2038115
James Cumming Wing ...................... 2090358
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The Council encourages club duty
managers, staff and committee members
to attend the next free training session, to
be held on 28 August at the Gore Town
and Country Club, starting at 7pm.
The session covers a range of topics
including ensuring staff understand their
legal obligations, how to deal with difficult
patrons, and special licences.
For more information contact Lynn.
Know Your Liquor
Licence -- FREE Training
the first rates instalment
for this financial year
is due next Friday 31
Funding Available for
Arts and Sport
The Council is calling for applications for two funds - the Sport NZ rural travel
fund and the Creative Communities NZ scheme -- which are provided by central
government to local authorities for distribution.
Creative Communities NZ Scheme
This provides financial assistance for arts and cultural activities within the Gore District and
which primarily provide benefits within the Council's catchment area.
The Council's Creative Communities funding allocation committee has approximately $12,500
to disburse in the 2012/13 year to projects that increase participation or the range and
diversity of cultural activity within the community. There are two funding rounds.
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund
This is designed to subsidise travel for junior teams taking
part in local sport competitions.
It is open to rural sports clubs and school teams in the Gore
District. Those taking part in the sports activities must be aged between five years and 19
years. The fund is for travel to local sports competitions, not regional or national events.
The Council has $9500 to distribute in this financial year and there are two funding rounds,
one for summer and one for winter sporting codes.
Application forms and detailed information about both funds are available on the Council's
website www.goredc.govt.nz or at the Council's office in Civic Avenue. Applications close on
The Destination Gore Visitor Centre, in the heritage precinct, is more than a place to catch
the bus. It provides a range of services for locals, as well as visitors to the town. The team
can plan itineraries for all land travel, accommodation and activities throughout New Zealand,
as well as make bookings for local events. They also provide front of house for the Hokonui
Moonshine Museum, the Historical Museum and the Heritage Research Centre.
Situated in Gore's heritage precinct, the centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am- 5pm,
Saturday 9.30am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm (booking service unavailable) and Public Holidays
The rose beds in the Gore gardens have been a feature
of this area for many years and this winter the Council's
parks department has been giving them some much
The work is part of introducing an integrated pest
management strategy, which promotes moving away
from the use of insecticide and fungicide and towards
high health and plant vigour to combat pests and
Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the rose
beds were last renovated in 1985 so they were well
overdue for attention.
"It is good the Council is leading by example and
proving gardens can be maintained without spraying,
or minimising spraying, by using an integrated pest
The first step has been addressing ground conditions,
Mr Soper said. This has seen staff remove all the roses,
separate soil layers and
add various composts to specific layers.
Natural and organic animal manures have been added
to the base and upper soil layers. The Council has
also turned to a species of beneficial fungi called
Trichoderma. A popular bio-control agent in New
Zealand, it works as a preventative for disease.
The rose bushes have been replanted with the
focus on varieties that respond well to the conditions
present. Ones that do not will be removed and
All that is left now is to wait for summer and the roses'
colourful and aromatic display.
The Council has already received nominations across several categories
but knows there must be many more people or organisations which
deserve recognition. Don't forget, if you have received great service
from a local business, know of a group or individual helping look after
our environment, or someone who has shown outstanding qualities in
some aspect of their lives, then they probably qualify as a nominee.
The nine categories are
• Gore District Civic Award
• J D Souness Young Achiever of the Year
• Hovell Environmental Planning Contribution to the Environment
• Gore Operatic Society Emerging Performing Artist Award
• Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of Year
• Eastern Southland Junior Sportsperson of the Year
• Eastern Southland Services to Sport Award
• Newslink-Southland Times-Eastern Southland Chamber of
Commerce Customer Service Award
• Contribution to Arts and Culture
Eligibility criteria and nomination forms are on
the Council's website www.goredc.govt.nz.
Nominations close on 31 August.
Community Awards Nominations Close Soon
Netball fans are in for a treat next month with the Southland team playing
two of its round robin games in the Lion Foundation National Champs at the
MLT Event Centre.
The Southland girls face Counties on Sunday, 16 September, then the following
Sunday will front up to North. Both games start at 11am.
While the inter-club netball competition has finished, it's not the end of the action at
the event centre.
A six-week volleyball competition starts tonight while the popular mixed social netball
competition gets under way again on 4 September. Entries for this competition close
tomorrow (24 August), entry forms are available at the multi-sports complex.
Finally, the Ultimate Challenge begins on 27 September. Using the whole complex,
teams will compete in a different sport each week. Entries should be sent to Sport
The Southern Equestrian Park Trust's all weather
arena, at the picturesque Gore showgrounds, will
be open for full use this summer.
Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the
necessary consolidation and settling of the arena has
taken place, following several successful events being
held on the surface.
This year the trust is offering a family membership fee
of $138 per annum for use of the arena. This would
enable a family to use it as many times as they wanted
to throughout the financial year.
The family membership covers three people. If there
are more family members who want to use the arena,
there is an additional $34.50 fee per annum.
The casual hire rate of $10 per horse applies to users
who do not wish to take up the membership option.
Fees can be paid using the envelope provided at the
caretaker's workshop and put through the slot in the
This season the trust plans to have several training
fences out for use, and a separate area for flat work at
the north end of the arena.
Users are asked to enter the arena via the south gate
and observe the usual rules to ensure this asset is
maintained and available for everyone to safely use.
The arena is available for other user groups. Anyone
wanting to book it should contact the showgrounds
caretaker Bevan Roy, phone 0276 449909, or
email Gore A&P Association secretary Jane Allen at
The Council reminds contractors who will be
erecting scaffolding on footpaths or in public
gardens, or parking on tiled areas, to talk about
their plans with regulatory staff before starting
Senior regulatory officer Frances Cowan said it was
important the Council was kept informed to ensure
pedestrian and traffic safety, as well as to protect
underground services, such as watering systems for
gardens, power and phone lines, and street furniture.
By talking to the Council, areas where there was a
potential for damage to occur can be avoided, she
The Council has the ability to invoice a contractor
if any assets are damaged. Unfortunately, on many
occasions the damage is not noticed until some time
afterwards and it can prove difficult to determine
exactly what happened, she said.
The first point of call for contractors should be the
upstairs reception area, at the Council's administration
building, so staff can work with them to ensure the
best outcome for all involved.
The Council is encouraging individuals, groups,
businesses and organisations in the district to sign up
for New Zealand's biggest earthquake drill ShakeOut.
New Zealand ShakeOut has been created to help people and
organisations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and
practice how to be protected when they happen. Everyone
will practice "Drop, Cover and Hold"---the right action to take
in an earthquake.
It also provides a fantastic opportunity for organisations and
businesses to examine and review their own emergency
preparedness arrangements. Families and households can
create, review and practice their household plans.
The other side of signing up is a friendly competition being
promoted for Civil Defence Emergency Management groups
and local authorities, with awards for the highest per capita
participation in each.
At present Gisborne leads the way as the province with the
most participants, per capita, registered, while Central Otago
District is the only South Island council in the top five.
At the time of going to print just over 10,000 Southlanders
had signed up. In the Gore District 1462 people were
registered, compared to 6432 in the Southland District and
1838 for Invercargill City.
For more information and to sign up go to
The scenery is always changing at the
Eastern Southland Gallery and this
weekend sees two new exhibitions
Lumen features work by German-born
Dunedin-based printmaker Inge Doesburg.
Known for her feel for the unpopulated open
spaces of the New Zealand landscape,
Doesburg's prints and paintings draw their
inspiration from the South, from vegetation
and tree forms, cloudscapes and light forms,
as well as more familiar landscapes. Her
style, which has been described as following
in the footsteps of McCahon and William
Hodges, depicts brooding landscapes,
relieved by flashes of light and gold.
Hush is a collection of works by another
Dunedin-based artist Kathryn Madill.
A graduate of the Canterbury University
School of Art, her paintings, drawings
and prints focus on lonely fragments of
literature, mythology and fairy tale. In the
age-old tradition of the printmaker, her work
sometimes taps into the dark side of the
subconscious but there is also an uplifting
quality of belief underpinning much of her
Both exhibitions run until 7 October.
Coming Up Roses
National Champs Netball
Comes to Gore
Arena Opens For Full Use
Contractors Asked to Plan Ahead
At the Gallery
Gore main gardens unit leading hand Lesley McLeod (left) and apprentice Karen Hume
at work rejuvenating the rose beds at the Gore gardens.
It is time to get serious about making nominations for the Gore District Community Awards with just over a week until they close.
What will you be doing
on 26.9 at 9.26am?
Wriggle & Rhyme
Movement helps children to develop the skills
they require later in life for reading and writing,
and what better place to learn and have fun
than at the library.
Join our Wriggle & Rhyme classes at the Gore
and Mataura libraries on a Wednesday. The
30min classes are Free and aimed at parents
and caregivers with babies under two.
The classes start at 10am and 11am at Gore
and Mataura respectively.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS
Pursuant to Section 46 of the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987, notice is given that
the meeting detailed in this schedule will be held in
the Council Chambers, 29 Civic Avenue, Gore (unless
stated otherwise), by the Gore District Council during
TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2012 (from 7.30 pm)
A reasonable supply of agendas will be available and a copy of
the subsequent minutes and reports can be viewed at the Gore
District Council offices, libraries or at www.goredc.govt.nz.
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