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All hands on deck for
Sturgeon gets two
more years on DWC
John Sturgeon has been
reappointed as chairman of
Development West Coast. He was
selected for a final, two-year term
at a meeting of West Coast mayors
on Monday. With trustee elections
next year, DWC is trying to stagger
appointments, hence the two-year
term, Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said. Mr Sturgeon was
first appointed in 2010.
Teens walk away
The four young occupants of this
car which rolled spectacularly on the
approach to the rail overbridge at
Stillwater about 3.35pm yesterday
had a lucky escape. The car was
travelling towards the bridge from
Taylor ville Road, when the driver
lost control and it flipped upside
down. Brunner Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief Rob Lunn said the
car had been travelling “a bit fast ”
and did not handle the sweeping
right-hand bend at the approach
to the one-way bridge. Luckily the
car’s four occupants escaped with
minor bumps and bruises and did
not require hospital treatment. Mr
Lunn said it had been “a bit of a
learning cur ve” for the occupants,
as the car was clearly not being
driven according to the wet road
conditions yesterday. Greymouth
police attended the crash scene and
inquiries are continuing.
A police traffic stop in China’s
Guizhou Province revealed 50
passengers crammed inside a
minibus with just six seats. The
passengers were workers at a local
construction site and their boss
who asked them to cram in to
reduce commuting time, CCTV
told Reuters. They were reportedly
transferred to other vehicles and
their driver was given a fine. It was
also reported the rear four seats
had been removed from the back of
the van, allowing 49 adults to cram
in standing up, while one other
passenger and the driver got seats
up the front. Police said that the
body of the vehicle almost touched
the ground because of the weight.
Fine, light winds
The Grey District Council has set
aside $1 million for the first stages
of the Greymouth central business
district renewal, though one councillor
questioned if they were raiding all their
reserves just to fund it.
At the long-term plan meeting last
night, Mayor Tony Kokshoorn advised
councillors they had found $1m in the
budget to fund the top projects.
The funds were identified as:
$400,000 from land sales; $100,000
from economic development reserve;
$320,000 from road reser ve; $100,000
from subdivision contribution; $70,000
fund; $10,000 from the economic
Cr Peter Haddock was concerned
about dipping into the reser ves to fund
“ I’m in favour of the CBD renewal,
but I’m worried we are robbing all the
reserves,” Cr Haddock said.
Mr Kokshoorn said the reserves
were for the type of designation as the
“ We’ve got to kick it off. We want to
get a project or two under way.”
Cr Cliff Sandrey pointed out that
the council had not even adopted the
CBD plan yet, prompting the Mayor
to clarify that the money would only be
used if the council did approve the plan.
Cr Anton Becker suggested the
council should finish its other projects
“ I wouldn’t want to see any money
spent until we finish the recreation
centre,” Cr Becker said.
Mr Kokshoorn responded that
it needed to do something about
“This has been going on for two years.
We can’t sit around on it for years, $1m
is a gesture ... We sell land so we can do
these infrastructure things.”
Cr Sandrey said the council had already
been forced to raid other reserves to
fund the Westland Recreation Centre:
“Our waste management reser ve went
to the recreation centre because we
didn’t have anywhere else.”
Cr Allan Gibson said the Mawhera
Incorporation, as landowner, should be
on board with any plans for the CBD
because the council did not own the
Mr Kokshoorn reminded councillors
they had chosen to do up the town,
noting that the council owned the roads,
which would be part of the renewal.
“Are we going to let the town rot away?
We’ve got to raise funds, Mawhera have
to come to the party, Development
West Coast have to come to the party.
I raised money for the aquatic centre
(and) I can do it again.
“ Tonight is the night we’ve got to put
some money aside. This is going to cost
multi-millions — $1m is just a gesture.
We’ve got to make provisions for our
Cr Haddock said the Mayor had
“sprung this on us tonight” as councillors
had not previously discussed where the
money would come from.
He also questioned where the road
funding came from.
“Have we got a spare $320,000, have
Cr Sandrey joked that if the council
had so much money in reser ves it could
put the rates down.
Mr Kokshoorn responded that it was
prudent for the council to put money
aside for future expenditure.
Cr Becker and Cr Sandrey both
opposed the decision to release the
Sea washes over runway
Huge seas overnight sent debris
crashing on to the Greymouth
aerodrome runway, smashed fences,
damaged rock protection work
and left the cycleway strewn with
The Grey District Council
estimated $50,000 of damage on the
Greymouth coastline alone.
Although it was not particularly
windy, huge swells during the hours
of darkness caused problems in
Hokitika and Greymouth.
The damage starts at the north end
of the Suburbs rugby league field at
Karoro, extending to the Westroads
yard at Blaketown. Cobden and
Hokitika also copped it, with the
road around the Tambo shipwreck
memorial at the Hokitika River
tiphead littered with debris this
Grey District Council assets
manager Mel Sutherland said
the most immediate job at the
aerodrome was to clear debris from
the runway and grassed area, and
reinstate the fences for security.
The seawall would also need to be
repaired in places where the seas had
Staff were this morning checking
on Rapahoe beach, a past trouble
spot for coastal erosion. At
Punakaiki, residents reported their
seawall was intact.
“They were unusually high seas,”
Mr Sutherland said.
Metser vice meteorologist John
Law said although it was not
windy, swells from the Tasman Sea
were pushing inland. He expected
the winds to pick up today, rising
to 5m swells. He said the westerly
meant the waves were being pushed
right up the beach.
However, with flooding in
Wellington and tornadoes in
Tauranga, he said the West Coast
was the place to be.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
High seas and debris destroyed the boundary fence at the Greymouth aerodrome overnight.
Cobden fresh milk sales rally
The Cobden fresh milk retailer
Village Milk has welcomed a “ big
turnaround” in its fortunes, after
earlier being threatened with
Co-owner Jody Cudmore said
yesterday the business had enjoyed a
dramatic improvement in sales since
the end of April.
A Facebook post on April 19 from
Martyn Greany encouraged people
to “get in behind Village Milk” as
the business was “only days away
from closing”. At the time, Mrs
Cudmore and her husband Colin
were having to dump about 100
litres of fresh milk a day — half
their daily supply — and had put
the farm on the market.
However, the same day the post
was put on social media the farm
sold out of milk by 2.30pm, and that
trend has since continued.
“Oh my God, it’s been great, it’s
a big turnaround. It’s worth taking
the farm off the market. We are
committed to staying until the 24th
of June, but we would consider (not
selling) — if it carries on the way it’s
going we would seriously consider
They were now adding three more
cows to keep up with demand.
Some of the customers who had
returned to buying their milk
directly from the farm admitted
they had been lured away by the
ease of supermarket shopping in
“These people have come back
because they don’t want to see us go,
so they have come back to support
The amount of milk the couple
were having to dispose of every
day has fallen dramatically. On
Wednesday, they had 20 litres of
milk left over but most of the time
they were sold out.
Grey District Council plans for a
cut-price dredging solution for the
Greymouth port could be scuttled if it
needs an extra person to operate it.
The Blaketown lagoon was last
dredged about five years ago at a cost
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said that
option was “uneconomic” and that
buying its own dredge presented
“substantial savings” compared to
He could not disclose how much
the council would pay for the dredge
but said they had been working on the
basis of using two people to operate it.
However, chief executive Paul
Pretorius told the council meeting on
Monday he had approached Worksafe
NZ to check if it should actually have
three people to work it.
“That could change our thinking
totally,” Mr Pretorius said.
Mr Kokshoorn told the Greymouth
Star yesterday the council had to
investigate it from a health and safety
point of view. It had budgeted for two
people and adding a third could “make
it lean towards uneconomical,” he said.
“That will change our thinking if it
requires an extra person, that is an extra
wage ... There is no point bringing it
over here if it is going to cost an extra
If a third operator was required they
would re-look into the plan, he said.
“ We need to make sure the business
plan still stacks up, but (the extra costs)
won’t help. It is a hurdle that has been
put in front of us but it is something
we’ ll work through.”
The council had other options
and it would then be a “process of
A suction system was trialled and
the results presented to councillors
before the March council meeting.
Mr Pretorius is also consulting with
Maritime NZ on whether the dredge
will be regarded as a vessel and
therefore have to be certified.
Health, safety rules may scuttle dredge plans
Council dips into reserve funds
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