27 May 2015
Support sought for cycle trails
The Gore District Council has been asked to support the coordinated development of cycle trails in the District at this week’s extraordinary meeting to hear feedback on the proposed 2015 – 2025 Long Term Plan.
About 35 people, from the 213 who had their say on the Council’s LTP consultation document Gore’s Future, took the opportunity to speak at the day-long hearing.
Proposed changes to the Gore District Council’s uniform annual general charge and the potential closure of the Mataura pool were also among the hot topics.
Many in the rural sector spoke against the proposed freezing of the UAGC at $650 and gradual increase of the valuation-based general rate to fund activities historically covered solely by the UAGC.
Among the concerns raised were that it would unfairly impact on the rural sector and reward property investors as opposed to low income earners.
Those who spoke in support of retaining the Mataura pool were worried about the cost of travelling to Gore to swim. They believed this could force children to swim in the Mataura River.
The coordinated development of cycle trails around the District and their potential to attract visitors was raised.
At present there are five different groups in various stages of either investigating or building tracks and trails in the District.
John Wilson told councillors a bit of planning could see the creation of a tremendous asset for the Gore District that will be able to be used by locals, from children and families through to senior citizens, while and at the same time bring visitors to Gore.
Representatives of Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay urged the Council to support a walking and cycle trail from Gore to Mandeville, and help fund a feasibility study. They saw numerous health and recreational benefits for residents, and spin offs for local businesses.
At the end of the day Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks thanked everyone for taking the time to provide feedback on the issues facing the Council.
Councillors will consider all feedback received at a meeting on Tuesday 23 June.