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NOTICEBOARD OUR TOWN, OUR DISTRICT
Rates Enquiries ................................... 2038115
Council Administration...................... 2090330
Gore Library......................................... 2039129
Gore Multisports Complex ................. 2039128
Eastern Southland Gallery ................. 2089907
Destination Gore Visitor Centre........ 2039288
Mataura Library/Service Centre ........ 2038115
James Cumming Wing......................... 2090358
The Gore District Council is introducing a new computer system
that will enable staff to work more efficiently and deliver a better
service to customers.
Project Bart sees the new Authority business management pack-
age set to 'go live' on 1 July, marking the culmination of just over
two years of planning and, latterly, intensive staff training.
Corporate services general manager Russell Duthie, who has
been leading the project, said the Council had to replace its exist-
ing ACS system because it was being phased out by the service
Environment Southland and Gore District are the only local
authorities in New Zealand still using ACS. Both are moving
to Authority, which is presently used by 19 local authorities
throughout the country.
Mr Duthie said the implementation of Authority has been a
significant undertaking for staff. Over the past three months staff
have spent a lot of time in training but as with any new system,
there may be some delays when Authority goes live.
"We will try to ensure there is as little disruption as possible and
hope people appreciate we will be doing our best to continue to
provide the best service we can."
Once implementation and staff familiarisation are complete
customers can look forward to having an extended range of
information readily available when enquiries are made, Mr Duthie
Authority has been a significant investment in resources, time
and money but it will ensure staff can work more efficiently and
cost effectively, he said.
New computer system will enhance
The fourth and final rates
instalment for 2012/13 is
due next Friday 31 May.
Any payments outstanding
after this day will incur a
10 percent penalty.
To avoid this or having to remember to pay your
rates on time, consider setting up a direct debit.
This is our preferred payment option and is quick
and easy. For more information please check out
our website www.goredc.govt.nz or talk to our
customer service staff, ph: 2090330.
Gore District Council meetngs for next month, to be held
in the Council chambers, 29 Civic Avenue, are:
The Councils commitees will meet on Tuesday 4 June,
startng at 4pm in the following order
Community Services commitee
Regulatory and Planning commitee, and
Finance and Policy commitee.
The full Council meetng will be held on Tuesday, 26 June,
startng at 7.30pm.
A reasonable supply of agendas will be available and
a copy of the subsequent minutes and reports can be
viewed at the Councils oﬃces, libraries or at www.
The Gore District Council
wishes this year's
contestants in the Gore Gold
Guitar Young Ambassador
Awards good luck. Pictured
(from left) Aidan Forbes,
Adele Gardyne, Kodie Tuha-
karaina, Laura Smith. Front:
Jamie O'Neill, Leonie Dennis,
Tegan Pay, Ashleigh Sinclair,
on Gypsy Day
With the an-
nual movement of
stock and people
known as Gypsy
Day, nearly upon
us, the Council's
urges farmers to make themselves familiar
with stock droving rules.
It is paramount for farmers to ensure their
safety, that of their stock and of course the
safety of other road users. The Council's
Roading Bylaw sets out a traffic
management plan to assist with this.
A few points to remember are:
• All droves over 10km or through urban
areas require a permit,
• No droving during the hours of
• Drovers and assistants to wear high
viz vest or jacket,
• Ensure stock warning signs are clearly
visible for a minimum of 100 metres.
• Road surfaces should be kept free of
debris and effluent.
Planning ahead, keeping stock moving
and under control at all times, and making
sure you are visible will remove some
of the stress from this Gypsy Day. Feel
free to contact our roading team, phone
2090330, if you have any questions.
Lodge Special Licence applications
early to avoid disappointment
Local authorities are going to need longer to process Special
Licence applications under alcohol law changes that come into
effect next month.
The Gore District Council's Licensing Inspector Frances Shepherd
said changes to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 mean that
from 18 June all applications for a Special Licence must be lodged
at least 20 working days before the event.
Special Licences are required for the sale and supply of alcohol at
special occasions. They are often used to licence one-off events
where no licence is currently held, and sometimes to extend the
hours and/or area of a licenced premises.
Mrs Shepherd said that until now, the Council has been able to
issue Special Licences within a week or two of an application being
However, under the law changes the Council must now send a copy
of the application to the Medical Officer of Health as well as the
police, and they have 15 working days to respond.
If the full 15 days are used, this leaves only five days for Council
staff to receive, consider and process the application.
Mrs Shepherd urged anyone requiring a Special Licence to ensure
their application was lodged at least 20 days before the start of
their event. Even earlier would help get it processed in a timely
"Council staff are happy to assist by providing information, signage
and host responsibility policies," she said.
The Council is sending out dog registration notices later
than usual due to its new Authority computer system.
All dog registrations for the coming financial year will be
processed in the new system, which is due to go live on 1
July. Dog control administrator Rowena Burnby said even
though registrations expire at the end of June, the Council
will not be sending out notices
until July. Dog owners will be
given longer than usual to make
payments given the delay caused
by the changeover from the
present ACS system to Authority,
notices out in July
Every Tuesday at the Gore Library, and Friday at the
Mataura Library, at 10.30am, it's Toddler Time.
This is a special time for children aged three and
four-years-old (younger children are welcome) with stories,
rhymes and craft activities.
Next month's themes are:
7 June -- Bugs
14 June -- Fishing
21 June -- Bears
25 June -- On the farm
4 June -- Bears
11 June -- Helping/Sharing
18 June -- Space
25 June -- Birds
FREE GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP
Venture Southland, together with the Southland
Community Law Centre, is putng on a FREE-to-the-
community seminar on Good Governance. Governance
is essentally about how an organisaton is run. It covers
all the plans, procedures, processes and checks put
in place that enables a commitee/board/community
group to decide what it will do and to make sure it
happens. This workshop will help people to be beter
informed and more eﬀectve commitee/board/group
members. It will be held this Wednesday 29 May, in
the James Cumming Wing, from 7-9.30pm. For more
informaton contact community development oﬃcer
Melissa Smith, phone 209 0388 or email
Wriggle & Rhyme
Every Wednesday during the school
term, 10am at the Gore Library and
11am at the Mataura Library. FREE
30 minute sessions for parents /
caregivers with babies under two
years to help stimulate baby's brain
and body. Movement helps children
to develop the skills they require later
in life for reading and writing.
What better place to learn and have fun
than at the library!
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