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Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks and
Clutha-Southland MP Bill English will
plant a Wellingtonia tree at noon
tomorrow to commemorate Gore's
150th anniversary. It will be planted
on reserve land just to the south of
the Stihl shop in Main Street.
The rhododendrons in Gore's
picturesque public garden will
be centre stage on Sunday 14
October for the Southland
Rhododendron Group's annual
festival. There will be all the usual
arts and crafts, garden and food
stalls. The festival starts at 11am
Gore District roading manager Murray Hasler hopes that
record will change with proposed safety improvements
scheduled in the next few weeks.
"It's only good luck that there have been no serious
accidents or any involving pedestrians."
It is planned to put splitter islands on both sides of
the intersection, in Fairfield St, to give pedestrians a
safe haven as they cross. There will be an additional
compulsory STOP sign located on each island and the
marked pedestrian crossing will be removed.
"Often people are complacent about crossing the road
where there is a marked crossing, when in reality they
need to be just a vigilant."
Mr Hasler said sand bags and portable kerb blocks
will be put in place in the next fortnight to trial the new
This will allow the Council to get some feedback as
there may be unforeseen issues arise as a result of the
proposed changes, he said.
Safety improvements for Gore's busiest intersection
The nominations are in, the judges are deliberating and the
scene is set for a great night at the Gore District Community
Awards on 26 October.
This year's guest speaker World Cup winning All Black coach
Sir Graham Henry has already attracted a lot of interest. Tickets
go on sale next Thursday at the Destination Gore information
centre. At $40 for a four-course meal, inspirational speaker and
the chance to salute those in the community who stand out, it's
The nominees are:
Contribution to Arts and Culture: Bryony Harrison, Whina
Pomana, Viv Beaton.
JD Souness Ltd Young Achiever Award: Franky Maslin,
Mariah-Carey Broad, Robert Gregory, Oliver Carran.
Hovell Environmental Planning Contribution to the
Environment: Don Lamont, Pukerau Primary School.
Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of the Year: Carol
Dawson, Laurel Turnbull, Debbie Schriek, Margie Rea, Heather
Eastern Southland Services to Sport: Vince Aynsley, Anne
and Peter Reid, Stuart Riordan, Murray Speden.
Gore Operatic Society Emerging Performing Artist Award:
Tangled Strings -- Michaela Roy and Vanessa Harvey, Molly
Johnson, Cassie Crawford, Joel Lee, Bryony Harrison.
Eastern Southland Junior Sportsperson: Greg Dyer, Oliver
Carran, India Henry, Vaughan McCall, Sheldon Bagrie Howley,
Nick Goodwin, Ben Turnbull, Ashleigh White, Gavin Stark,
Georgina Robertson, Jade Graham, Tori Peeters.
Newslink - Southland Times Eastern Southland Chamber of
Commerce Customer Service Award: Café Ambience, Carvin
Streetwear, Curson Motors, Gore Hospice Shop, Gore Medical
Centre, Gore New World checkout staff, Guthrie Bowron, Kelso
Kontracting, La Hood Chemist, Millennium Motors, Paper Plus
Gore, Silver Fern Farms Waitane, The Sanctuary, Wentworth
Each Tuesday there
are activity filled days
at the Gore multisports
On 2 October the aquatic centre and Sports
Southland team up to present Water 'n' Ice,
where you can learn to play ice hockey in the
morning then have fun on the inflatables in the
pool in the afternoon.
On 9 October, the Gore library joins the team at
the complex to present Water Adventure Day.
Spend the morning building a boat, watching
movies and playing games then an afternoon
there's boat racing, play battle ships and enjoy
more boat and water safety activities.
Both programmes start at 9am and a bbq
lunch is provided.
Thursdays are also busy at the aquatic centre
from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Be ready to test yourself and win great prizes
in Fear Factor, on 4 October, while on 11
October it's Kidz Spa Day, a chance for the
under 16s to get into the spa, get a BBQ lunch
and play on the hamster ball.
The Gore and Mataura libraries have activity
programmes for children aged five years
plus. These are very popular so bookings are
essential. If your child can't make it, please call
to tell us as there is often a waiting list. You
can talk to staff by phoning 2039129 (Gore
library) or 2038115 (Mataura).
At Mataura there is something on each
Wednesday and Friday, starting at 10.30am.
The theme is Books, Books, Books
• 3 October -- fun flip book making
• 5 October -- handmade books
• 10 October -- t-shirt bags, and
• 12 October -- book marks.
At the Gore library there is a fishy theme going
on each Tuesday and Thursday.
• 2 October -- good luck goldfish
• 4 October -- shove froggy game, and
• 11 October -- fishes in the sea.
Don't forget to wear old clothes so you don't
have to worry about getting them marked.
Community Awards tickets available next week
School Holiday Fun
As Gore's busiest intersection, it is not surprising that the Irk Street-Fairfield Street
intersection has the highest crash rate.
Council Meetings in October
The Mataura Community Board will meet at 5.30pm, on Monday 1
October, at the Mataura Community Centre, in McQueen Avenue.
The Council's committees will meet on Tuesday 9 October, in the
Council chambers, 29 Civic Avenue, Gore. The meetings start at 4pm
and will be in the following order
• Community Services Committee
• Operations Committee
• Regulatory and Planning Committee, and
• Finance and Policy Committee.
The Council's ordinary meeting will be held at 7.30pm, Tuesday 30
October, in the Council chambers, 29 Civic Avenue, Gore.
The Youth Council will meet at 4pm, Tuesday 16 October, in the Council
Agendas will be available on the Council's website
www.goredc.govt.nz five days before each meeting date. A reasonable
supply will also be available from the Council's offices. A copy of the
minutes and reports can be viewed at the Council's main office, Mataura
service centre and Gore library, or on the Council's website.
The nominations are in, the judges are deliberating and the scene is set for a great night at the Gore District Community Awards on 26 October.
After months of planning, a regular
bus service between Mataura and
Gore starts in three weeks.
Mataura community development
coordinator Jo Brand can hardly contain
her excitement about the service, to be
provided by Ritchies.
"There are many people in Mataura who
will benefit from being able to access
cheap, public transport to Gore."
The first three months of the service will
be a trial so it's very much a case of use
it or lose it, Miss Brand said.
The bus will operate every Thursday,
starting on 18 October. It will pick up
passengers on Main Street, opposite
Clutterbucks, at 9.20am and outside
the community centre, in McQueen Ave,
For the return trip passengers will be
picked up at the Destination Gore visitor
centre, at 2.25pm, and the Old Post
Cafe, at 2.30pm.
The fare is only $3 adult and $1 child,
aged six to 12 years, each way. Children
under six years travel for free.
An exhibition of French prints from
the 19th century is among the new
attractions coming up next month at
the Eastern Southland Gallery.
Géricault to Gauguin is a selection
of works from Te Papa's permanent
collection that illustrates the revival
of printmaking in France. The prints
represent a diverse range of styles
and techniques and include works
by caricaturist, Romantic, realist,
impressionist and post-impressionist
artists. The exhibition runs from 13
October to 25 November.
In photographer Mike O'Kane's exhibition
On Assignment some play-worn toys
make a larger than life appearance as
O'Kane creates a playground of altered
time and scale, courtesy of Photoshop
software. O'Kane has a fine arts degree
from Otago Polytechnic School of Art,
where he majored in sculpture in 1997
with photography as a sub-major. On
Assignment runs from 17 October to 25
Lastly, on 23 October locals are in for
a real treat with Do or Di?, a spoof of a
1950s-style television game show that
showcases the comedic and musical
talent of Hershel Hersher (Jews Brothers
Band), Anna Rugis and Linn Lorkin
(French Toast). The show is at 8pm at the
James Cumming Wing. Tickets are $25
adult, $20 Gallery member, $15 student
and are available from the Gallery.
At The Gallery
During a visit to MRF, the material recycling
facility in Invercargill operated by Southland
disAbility Enterprises, Gore district councillors
were congratulated on how clean Gore's
In fact, it was the cleanest in Southland.
The recycling centre is definitely a credit to
all involved. If you have ever wondered what
happens there, check out this video on YouTube
by following the link on the Council's website
It has been almost three months since the
new recycling and rubbish kerbside collection
service was rolled out. Things have been ticking
over nicely although a few issues have come to
the attention of senior operations officer Ross
The main ones have been wheelie bins not facing
the right direction (35 cases), the wrong bin out
(14), and too close to an object (5).
And a couple of tips from the guys at the
recycling centre -- definitely no clothing and leave
the tops on your bottles, otherwise they clog the
Ever wondered where your
It is official -- Gore District residents are a very clean lot when it comes to recycling.
We Want to Hear from You
The Council is considering revamping its website and we are keen to hear what
residents want from our online services.
The website is the Council's shop window to the world. It allows residents to access information
about the Council and our services from their homes and is an important tool for property
owners who live outside the district.
Nowadays there is very little you cannot do online and the Council wants to make sure we
can provide the easiest and more cost effective way for you to do business with us, as well as
keeping you informed.
Please send any feedback or suggestions to our communications coordinator Sonia Gerken
The school holiday's start tomorrow and the Council has a lot of fun things lined up to
keep children of all ages entertained.
Santa Claus is coming to town.
It may be only September but to
ensure everyone has plenty of time
to create their floats, registrations
have opened for the Gore Christmas
parade. The parade will be held on
Sunday 16 December and will be
followed by the ever popular Carols
in the Park. Entry forms for the
parade can be found on the Council's
Want to learn a new skill
over the holidays? The Leaping
Frogs Swim School has a holiday
programme with two five-day
courses, starting on 1 October and
8 October. Phone the aquatic centre
2039128 to book.
The Mataura Centennial
Pool opens for the new
season this Sunday at 1pm.
Morning aquarobics are every
Tuesday and Thursday, at 11am. Evening
aquarobics start on 18 October, at 6pm.
Gore district roading officers Gina Castro and Paul Williamson discuss
safety improvement plans for Gore's busiest intersection.
Don't be fooled by the snow earlier this month, there has been the traditional
spring flush of growth and that means it is time to keep an eye on grass and plant
growth on your section
Complaints about overgrown sections are a hardy annual for the Council but senior
regulatory officer Frances Cowan says it does not have to be that way.
"A little time now keeping your grass down and section in order can save the Council get-
ting involved later on."
Last year the Council sent out over 160 letters to residents about their overgrown sections
or overhanging foliage.
Sometimes a letter asking people to tidy up their section is not enough. In those instances,
the Council will arrange for a contractor to carry out the work and pass on the cost, plus an
administration fee, to the property owner.
Miss Cowan said people considering laying a complaint about a section needed to be
aware that a lawn that had not been mown for six weeks was not necessarily a breach of
the Council's bylaw.
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