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Cloud over process plant
Mayor hears unofficially half of sheepworks will go
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
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Half of Alliance's Matuara plant will be
demolished if the sheepmeat processing
is moved to Lorneville.
Alliance Mataura plant manager Tony
Gilder confirmed yesterday that the
redundant part of the building would be
demolished if the processing was moved.
Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said he
had heard, although not officially, that
half the plant could be demolished.
''It will be quite traumatic for some
people,'' he said.
He said long-term it would be a good
option for the company and the
community so that the building would
not be left to deteriorate.
Council to stay with showgrounds
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
In favour: Gore mayor Tracy Hicks.
Gore District Council will continue to
support the running of the Gore
showgrounds for a further five years.
Council endorsed a recommendation at
its community services committee
meeting to adopt a new agreement for the
operation of the A and P Joint
Management Committee between the
council and the Gore A&P Association.
However, discussion was momentarily
halted during the discussion on Tuesday,
when mayor Tracy Hicks and chairman
Peter Grant realised that the correct
protocol for the meeting had not been
During his support of the recommen-
dation to continue the partnership, Mr
Hicks stated that he ''probably should
have declared an interest'' in the matter,
due to his wife being on the A&P
Cr Grant apologised for failing to ask at
the start of the meeting if any councillors
wanted to declare an interest.
The new agreement was met with some
criticism from Cr Steven Dixon, who was
concerned about the length of the
He wanted to know how much land and
buildings the A&P Association owned.
Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper
said the association owned the land from
just north of the caretaker's shed, which
cuts through the cattle pavilion to the
''There is only the odd bit of building
they keep an eye on.
''We are paying premium dollar for a bit
of turf,'' he said.
Mr Soper added that the partnership had
been in place since the 1980s.
''Sometimes you have to get away from
historical [partnerships],'' Mr Dixon
Mayor Tracy Hicks said he had not come
across a facility that was up to the grade
as Gore's showgrounds.
He said the deal with the A&P committee
was unique and the Gore showgrounds
were used more than other show-
''I think it is good value for money,'' he
Other councillors, including Crs Ralph
Beale and Bevan Watt, said the
showgrounds were well-used by the
But Cr Dixon said council would be
locking itself in for five years if the
recommendation was endorsed.
''We don't get to look at it each year,'' he
''We are contributing a lot to something
we don't own.''
The recommendation will go to the next
council meeting to be approved by the
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