24 September 2013
Mataura Community Board News
Items from the latest Mataura Community Board meeting held on 23 September.
Swimming pool patronage
Last season’s low attendance figures at the Mataura Centennial Pool is concerning the community board but it has decided against giving people their own keys. A report from Parks and Recreation Manager Ian Soper outlined a number of problems with a key-holder system, such as public safety, risk management and a risk to water quality. The board was keen to work with pool staff to see what can be done to increase patronage this season.
Mataura Railway Station
The community board’s future commitments to the old Mataura Railway Station will be closely looked at. The Gore District Council’s lease with KiwiRail expired at the end of July and instead of just renewing it for another six years, the board wants to explore further options.
Clean fill site clean up
The community board has asked for a review of the operation of its skip bin/transfer station service and the clean fill site. The board agreed with a report by District Assets General Manager Paul Withers that it would be good to tidy up the clean fill area. As long as it was seen as a dumping area, people will continue to use it as one. This was evident by the substantial amount of fly tipping. The board decided the best option was to remove the willows and a proposal will be put together for approval. The board agreed with staff that community ownership was important to ensure the area is successful maintained and it will work with residents to develop a clean-up project.