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Funds come in for retirement home
Bank's generous gift could go to well-used kitchen or a new transport van
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
Spruce up: Wyndham Rest Home manager Erna Allison with cook Roxann Beange in the home's kitchen, which needs new benchtops and vinyl flooring. The ASB
Bank gave the home a $15,000 donation on Friday.
Wyndham Rest Home received a
$15,000 donation from ASB Bank
The money will go ''into the kitty''
until the board of trustees decides
where to allocate it.
Nurse manager Erna Allison said
a new transport van was top of the
list of priorities, followed by
renovations to the kitchen.
The present old van and did not
cater for enough people. There
were only two seats and the
remaining space was for wheel-
''We really need one where people
can sit,'' Mrs Allison said.
If the board decided to put the
money towards a new van, the
present van could still be used
because it had a chair lift
installed, Mrs Allison said.
The kitchen was the only area not
renovated when the home had a
$2,500,000 upgrade five years ago
Mrs Allison said new bench tops
and vinyl flooring were needed.
The kitchen was used not only to
cook meals for residents, but also
to cook dinner for meals on
Mrs Allison said government
funding was tight, and the home
relied a lot on donations.
Volunteers, including the Lions
Club, regularly helped too.
Gore's clean rubbish' praised
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
By lifting the lids we can
stop it before it goes to the
Gore's recycling bins are the
cleanest in Southland.
WasteNet Southland senior
waste officer Donna Peterson
has been visiting towns in
Southland, such as Riverton, Te
Anau and parts of Invercargill,
which are known to have dirtier
loads of rubbish.
But she has no plans to come to
Gore in the near future.
''We are targeting areas where
we know loads are worse than
others,'' she said.
''But you never know, we might
just come up and check.''
Ms Peterson said there were
cameras in the trucks that could
pick up anything that should
not be going in recycling but by
then the rubbish has already
gone into the truck.
''By lifting the lids we can stop it
before it goes to the recycling
centre,'' she said.
All the recyclable rubbish in
Southland is sorted by South-
land Disability Enterprises, a
non-profit organisation where
people with disabilities sort the
rubbish into different piles,
such as bottles or paper.
As each load comes into the
centre, it is tracked so the
sorters know from which town
the rubbish comes.
Gore's recyclable are back-
loaded and usually arrive at the
site first thing in the morning.
''Gore's loads are so much more
obvious that it is clean,'' Ms
Ms Peterson attributed the
clean rubbish to good pro-
motion by Gore District Council
leading up to the start of the new
''Plus the people really wanted
it, they have been waiting a long
time to get the service,'' she
Ms Peterson said the only issue
with the recyclable was bags of
People who collect their recyc-
lable rubbish inside with a
plastic bag should empty the
rubbish loose into the bin, and
then put the bag into the bin
with no rubbish inside.
This would save time for the
sorters, who would then not
have to empty the plastic bags
''Plus it's easy for them [the
sorters] to miss something in a
plastic bag,'' she said.
The only rubbish that should be
left in a plastic bag is shredded
Open-fire ban from June 2013
Locals building a new home in
Gore will not be able to install
an open fire in the future, with
Environment Southland ban-
ning their installation from
June next year.
The ban is part of New
Zealand-wide efforts to
improve air quality.
It will include new homes
built in the Gore airshed (old
burrough) or renovations
where an open fire is to be
The ban should not have too
much effect on residents, with
figures showing that of the 43
new homes built between 2009
and 2011, only two open fires
This compared to multi-fuel
burners (11), heat pumps (10),
gas (7), solar (4) and oil (1).
But the ban is required under
the Government's National
Environmental Standards for
air because Gore breached the
standards during winter.
Environment Ministry regula-
tions mean PM10 -- micro-
scopic particulates of matter
in the air -- must not exceed 50
micrograms per cubic metre of
air. Gore breached the stan-
dard six times between May
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