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e Greymouth aquatic centre
will welcome its 500,000th paying
customer some time tomorrow. Grey
District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said swim numbers over the holiday
break had been impressive. "On
New Year's Day, at one time there
were 400 people either in the pool
or on the slides." While the rst year
of the pool was the best, patronage
had held up well lately. "Over the
past ve years we have been getting
100,000 a year --- the opening year
we got 130,000. At the old pool we
normally got about 30,000," he said.
Family car burns
A Kokiri family's Holden Barina
was destroyed by re last night.
Greymouth police say the car was
parked some distance from the Blair
Road property. e cause of the
re is unknown but police want to
hear from anyone who witnessed
suspicious behaviour in the Blair
Road vicinity last night.
New Zealand rockers e
Exponents will join Stan Walker
and Breaks Co-Op in Greymouth
next month for the Classic Hits
Winery Tour, and the Greymouth
Star has a double pass to give
away to the February 23 open
air concert at Anzac Park. For
a chance to win the tickets,
send us your name, address and
phone number on the back of an
envelope addressed: Winery Tour
Giveaway, C/o Greymouth Star,
PO Box 3 Greymouth, or e-mail
Winery Tour in the subject line.
One entry per household. Entries
close on February 10.
Partly cloudy, late showers
A United Kingdom Independence
Party councillor has blamed
recent storms and oods on the
Government's decision to legalise
gay marriage. David Silvester, who
defected from the Tories last year in
protest at David Cameron's support
for same-sex unions, claimed he
had warned the prime minister
that the legislation would result in
'disasters'. e Henley-on- ames
town councillor, 73, said the country
had been "beset by storms" since
the passage of the new law on gay
marriage because Mr Cameron had
acted "arrogantly against the Gospel".
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e nal funding is in place
for the $8.2 million Miners'
Recreation Centre and work
on phase one will begin within
"Now that the nance is in
place it's time to start the big
revamp," Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn announced
e new sports stadium will
adjoin the Greymouth aquatic
centre and will be dedicated
to the victims of all mining
tragedies. e fundraising
was kickstarted with a $3.5m
Government package in the
aftermath of the Pike River
It will be a modern indoor
sport facility catering for a
range of sporting groups,
eventually replacing the
45-year-old Civic Centre,
and may also incorporate a
Stage one will start in two
to three weeks, and involves
moving the Scout and Girl
Guide den from High Street
to the Suburbs rugby league
ground at Karoro, followed
by re-siting the 100-year-
old Makura Croquet Club
pavilion elsewhere on the
Resource consents are in
train and should be in place
for work to start on the two-
court stadium in June. It will
take about a year to build.
" ere is a chance that
we might have to go back
to the drawing board if the
tenders we receive are too big.
However, we are receiving
quantity sur veyors' reports all
the time going over the costs,
but it remains to be seen if the
development will be a ected
or not," Mr Kokshoorn said.
He noted that Greymouth
was competing against the
Christchurch rebuild, "but I
am con dent the project will
If the business model
stacked up well, the Grey
District Council would look
at borrowing extra cash to
add a tness gym to the
"We are still having
negotiations with Fat Max's
Gym in Blaketown to see if
this will happen. Nothing in
regards to the addition of a
gym has been set in concrete."
e Mayor said he was eager
for a gym to be included in
the development as the long
term bene ts would be "huge".
While the complex would be
built to earthquake standards,
the council had yet to decide
whether to spend the extra
$300,000 which would enable
it to be used as a post-disaster
emergency shelter. at money
could be sourced from the
council's civil defence budget.
Meanwhile, the boiler that
has caused ongoing problems
with the aquatic centre would
also be replaced as part of the
" e present one would not
cater for the whole complex.
e new one will take lower
quality coal and will be a
multi-burner," he said.
e running costs for the
recreation centre would
increase to about $185,000 a
" ose costs, however were
anticipated and were included
in the council's 2012 long-
term plan and have been rated
for," Mr Kokshoorn said.
GRAPHIC: Grey District Council
e proposed Miners' Recreation Centre, viewed from the Shakespeare Street entrance.
Unions join in
meeting on new
All unions have joined in a meeting at Grey
Base Hospital this evening as concerns grow
over the scale of the $60 million new hospital
e Ministry of Health now says the existing
hospital buildings are in a worse state than
initially thought and as a result it has asked
the group in charge of the rebuild to consider
a completely new hospital.
e business case lodged by the West Coast
District Health Board last May was released
to the Greymouth Star at the end of the year.
It stated clearly that secondary (hospital)
services would be downgraded.
e ministry's National Health Board
acting national director Michael Hundleby
said "signi cant components of the business
case have been superseded" and that the
ministry and DHB were "currently exploring
an alternative option for the delivery of the
at prompted Grey Base Hospital senior
doctor Paul Holt to go public with his concerns,
saying it now appeared the Government was
overruling local health experts who had spent
years developing plans for the new hospital.
e Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists last week called for a joint meeting
and now all other unions represented at the
hospital have agreed to be involved, including
the Nurses' Organisation and Public Service
Association. As it has been called at late notice
and some shift sta will be unable to make
the 5pm start time, organisers are unsure how
many to expect at the meeting.
In a letter to the Greymouth Star, Mr
Hundleby said the ministry decided to take
another look at the plans after a report last
year showed a "signi cantly poorer condition
of Grey hospital buildings".
" is identi ed that a brand new facility
may be a lower risk option compared to
refurbishing existing buildings,"Mr Hundleby
e Government asked the partnership
group in charge of the rebuild to fully explore
the option of building a new hospital based on
the same model of care developed by clinical
sta in the May 2013 business case, he said.
e ministry recognised that the model of
care contained in the detailed business case
was supported by clinicians on the Coast and
" e ministry also recognises that any new
facility design needs to be widely supported
by sta and to work within the planned
budget. ere will be wide consultation with
sta before the reworked facility design is
Mr Hundleby said no decisions had been
made on a preferred design.
e partnership group would provide
regular reports on progress to sta and the
West Coast community, he said.
e latest unemployment gures show a
small increase in and around Greymouth,
and also reveal that 770 West Coast residents
have been collecting a bene t for more than
e Ministry of Social Development
recently changed its reporting after changes
to the welfare system.
In the quarter to December, 1587 people
were receiving some sort of bene t from
Greymouth Work and Income, up from 1554
in the September quarter.
ose on the unemployment (job seeker)
bene t increased from 706 to 726.
In Westport, the gures were almost static,
increasing only slightly from 815 to 818.
e main age of those on a bene t is 40-54
years, (373 people across the Coast).
Coastwide, 770 people have been on a
bene t more than a year, and only 72 for a
year or less.
at includes 246 on a bene t because of
a psychological or psychiatric condition, 54
with heart trouble, and 53 with cancer or
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
today he thought things had bottomed out
after the mass mine layo s.
e job market was looking up, with
West eet's $9 million sh factory under way,
and the $60 million new hospital project, $8.2
million sports stadium and a new aluminium
factory at Kaiata Park on the horizon.
"Trades people are starting to move now,
and engineering shops. Tourism is starting
to pick up, but the CBD is still slow," Mr
More collecting benefits
Where did the money come
º $3.5m Pike River
'stimulus package' from the
º $800,000 Development
º $800,000 New Zealand
º $1.25m in con dential
º $105,000 Oceana Gold.
º $25,000 McConnell
º $750,000 Lotteries
º $500,000 Government.
º $570,000 Pike River
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