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How the new
e new buildings proposed at
Grey Base Hospital would not quite
ll the entire Mitre 10 Mega store
and car park in Greymouth, if they
remain unchanged. e West Coast
District Health Board business
case submitted last year included a
'green eld' site --- complete rebuild
--- which health authorities now
seem to favour. Building could
possibly start on vacant land closer
to the New World supermarket,
just north of the hospital site.
Initial plans showed it covering
12,142 square metres of oor space,
although it is not yet clear from
the plans if that includes the newer
corporate and dementia blocks,
which would stay while the rest of
the existing hospital is demolished.
e current hospital is about
20,260 square metres. Mitre 10
Mega, one of the biggest buildings
in Greymouth, has a oor space
of about 5000 square metres ---
less than half the size of the new
hospital building. Including the
entire yard and front car park the
site measures 16,000 square metres.
Lotto bene ts
A $750,000 grant which the
Grey District Council put towards
the proposed Miners' Recreation
Centre was the biggest Lotteries
Commission allocation on the West
Coast during the 2012-13 year.
Paroa School also received $47,000
from the Community Facilities
Committee. e Environment and
Heritage Committee allocated
$12,000 to the Greymouth Heritage
Trust and $7400 to the Blue Penguin
Trust, while the Outdoor Safety
Committee granted $150,000 to
Canterbury-West Coast Land
Search and Rescue. Community
Committee grants were: Cobden
Bowls $26,000, Well Women's
Centre $25,000, Paparoa Range
School $21,000, Karamea Info
Centre $20,000, Northern Buller
Communities' Society $16,000, Life
Education Trust $10,000, Riding for
Disabled $10,000, Women's Institute
An animal lover has saved the life
of his pet sh with emergency rst
aid after its tank was smashed by a
burglar. Brian Craze, 52, discovered
the rare tropical sh barely alive in
less than an inch of water following
the break-in at his home in Merthyr
Tyd l, South Wales. He started to
gently massage his beloved pet's
body, before lowering it into another
tank and was "shocked" to nd it
still alive. --- Daily Mail
Fine, with early cloud Illegal
Greymouth issued 118 freedom camping
infringements in the past month, but the
neighbouring Westland District Council
is currently allowing people to park where
they want, free of retribution.
As the summer tourist season starts to
ramp up, so too is the number of freedom
campers parking up along the roadside
throughout the West Coast.
Grey District Council compliance team
manager Kevin Hebberd said the number
of infringements under the council's
freedom camping bylaw had increased
"dramatically", from just 10 in June to
118 last month.
at was "way up" on last summer he
said, although he believed the increase
was part of a general increase in tourists,
rather than more people infringing.
Of the 118 ticketed, about a third
were withdrawn after freedom campers
provided evidence that they were self-
Mr Hebberd accepted that with each
council having di erent rules it could
be confusing for travellers. Signs had
been placed around the district to advise
people about the law, but many chose to
"We have developed signs that are quite
comprehensive but people just drive past
In many cases they believed they could
get away with it, he said.
Most rental companies were becoming
more responsible and getting better at
informing their customers about freedom
" e word is getting out there."
Last summer, half the infringements
issued in the Grey district were on rental
vans, but that was changing.
" is summer rental companies are
getting their act together"
Now the main issue was with tourists
using their own vehicle to sleep in, he
ey still had problems of people
leaving rubbish behind, but not as bad as
in previous years.
Across the Taramakau River, however,
freedom campers e ectively have free
reign to park where they wish after a
failed attempt by the Westland District
Council to control the problem.
Westland District Mayor Mike Havill
said the council had not revisited the
issue after the previous council's bylaw
was withdrawn in the face of legal action
from the New Zealand Motor Caravan
Mr Havill said his preference was to
direct people to the correct places to
"Educating the community is a far
better way than trying to patrol or ne."
He was unaware of any problems, such
as rubbish being left behind, even though
the council had no means of stopping
campers parking wherever they wanted.
"It hasn't been brought to my attention,
but that's not to say it's not happening."
He said they did not want to discourage
people from travelling to Westland.
"If we promote the West Coast as a
tourist destination we need to promote it
" e issue is not with freedom camping,
the issue is with people who have vehicles
that aren't self-contained," Mr Havill said.
Buller District Council compliance and
emergency team leader Atila de Oliveira
said they had started to pick up more
campervans over the summer period.
Under the Buller bylaw, since August
2012 only self-contained vehicles were
allowed to camp and for a maximum of
three days. Certain speci ed areas did not
allow any camping at all.
Mr de Oliveira said they had an
education programme especially with the
tourists, and patrolled areas at night-time.
"Most of the campers obey our signs,
but we physically can't patrol all sites."
He said they had no major issues with
tourists leaving their rubbish behind.
Grey Main School is looking
forward to an $800,000 boost to
upgrade its outdated two-storey
Principal Mandy O'Sullivan
said she hoped the Ministry
of Education funding would
cover a thorough upgrade of the
block, which currently held 11
classrooms and the library.
However, that was pending
discussions with the school
community as to "what things
they see as a need".
" ere is still a bit of
consultation to go yet," Mrs
Until then she could not say if all
the money would be spent on the
"Really, our aim is to make
improvements on that building.
e building has been given
the big tick, no earthquake
She expected work to begin
e proposed upgrade will see
the library, currently at the far end
of the building, moved and the
"dated" toilet and corridor block
refurbished "to make it more
functional and bring it into the
Mrs O'Sullivan said Grey Main
teachers had visited schools in
Canterbury to "get a taste" of what
they could do in their classrooms.
Unwanted Civic Centre may be sold
e ASB Civic Centre in
Greymouth could be bulldozed if the
Grey District Council can not nd a
e stadium caters for a number
of sports on the West Coast and
will become defunct when the
$8.2 million Miners' Recreation
Centre is built alongside the aquatic
centre later this year.
e Civic Centre opened on May
4, 1968. It is owned by the council
and sits on Mawhera Incorporation
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said that once the new
stadium was up, the Civic Centre
would be o ered for sale.
"We have three options --- sell it
to the Tai Poutini Polytechnic, get
it demolished or sell it to another
organisation," Mr Kokshoorn said.
He would prefer to see it sold
rather than demolished, but accepted
that the building was "coming to the
end of its life". "Over the years there
have been issues with the building
including structural problems, it's
cold and it sweats."
While it was estimated at 34%
of earthquake standards, it would
not make the 67% expected by the
A possible impediment to the sale
was the rising cost of the lease, which
was due to expire at the end of 2015.
"At the moment we pay $18,000 a
year and this is likely to increase."
Trains slowed by rotting sleepers
A 10kph speed restriction was
placed on a section of rail track
through the Buller Gorge after Kiwi
Rail inspectors found severe damage
to a large number of sleepers.
e Rail and Maritime Union
newsletter said news of the rotting
Peruvian sleepers came as no
surprise, "with a decline in track
condition due to budget cuts being
foreshadowed by Kiwi Rail itself in
an internal document last year".
Kiwi Rail recently agreed that
equipment currently being used to
inspect sleepers (wooden cross ties)
would be suspended after union
members raised concerns about its
accuracy, the union said.
An estimated 160,000 Peruvian
sleepers have been installed within
the national rail network.
Union general secretary Wayne
Butson said it had "real concerns
that train crews and passengers
may be exposed to increased travel
risk danger while travelling on the
network". " e situation we are
faced with on this issue was entirely
predictable. Last year, Kiwi Rail laid
o over 150 skilled track workers
and we said at the time that there
are thousands of suspect Peruvian
sleepers out there that may be rotten."
e union said Kiwi Rail's own
2013-15 business plan, initially
leaked and then released, said the
"asset will decline, disruption will
grow, asset failure risk will grow " as a
result of reduced spending.
"Our concern is that under-trained
and under-quali ed contractors
are undertaking inspections of key
infrastructure items like sleepers on
track bed bridges and curves without
the necessary level of skill and
experience needed to ensure accurate
However, Kiwi Rail chief executive
Jim Quinn said the sleepers posed no
safety risk and the company would
never leave things unsafe.
Concerns about equipment had
been raised so they were looking into
$800,000 boost for school
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey Main School caretaker Graeme Shrimpton in front of the two-storey classroom block which is set to be modernised.
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