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Locals and visitors to Lumsden now have a
flash outdoor area to sit down for a break
or to enjoy lunch, thanks to the combined
efforts of more than 20 businesses in the
town and surrounding districts.
The idea for a shaded seat was initially
floated by The Bafe Bakery owner Chris
Paama who'd been involved in the
construction of something similar while
on the board of trustees of his children's
school in the North Island about 15 years
There was a grassed area in the main street
that fitted the bill and the idea won the
support of the Southland District Council in
principle, if not financially.
No problem for Mr Paama who set about
canvassing business support -- which came
Ryan McMasters, of Small Erections and
Brent Gallagher, of BG Carpentry Ltd joined
Mr Paama in the actual construction, with
concrete donated by McGregor Concrete
and timber from Trev's Mill. Many others
chipped in with goods, services and cash to
ensure the area was finished to the highest
standards without costing ratepayers a
"It was a group effort by all the businesses,"
Mr Paama estimated the true cost of the
finished seat was likely to be in the vicinity
of $30,000, so it was a significant donation
to the town.
The names of those involved are now
displayed on the structure.
The whole project has taken three years
and last weekend the community gathered
for a sausage sizzle and get-together to see
it formally opened by Lumsden Community
Board chairman Rob Scott.
Completed for close to a month now, Mr
Paama said the seat had already been well
used and enjoyed.
"It was getting used while we were still
building it," he said.
"I'm quite pleased the way it's turned out...
it's been really, really worth it."
Amber Johnson, Chris and Judy Paama (right) of The Bafe Bakery in Lumsden enjoy the town's new
shaded seating that was constructed entirely from donated materials and with volunteer labour and
officially opened at the weekend.
By Kirsty Macnicol
The future of the Takitimu District Pool is
In a true case of sink or swim, the pool's
survival was placed firmly at the feet of
the people within the Ohai and Nightcaps
community following a public meeting held
in Ohai last week. The message did not fall
upon deaf ears.
Almost 30 residents attended the public
meeting, chaired by local identity John
Mr Hogg said he believed the pool had a
long life ahead of it but needed new people
to volunteer and come onto the committee
and bring with them their enthusiasm.
The pool was dealt a 'get out of jail' card
earlier this year by community funders,
relieving it of the responsibility to undergo
an expensive upgrade costing between
$287,000 and $661,000.
But, as residents were informed at the
public meeting, this reprieve would mean
very little to the pool's future if people in the
community did not volunteer their services
to take care of the pool.
At the AGM held earlier this week, six
community-minded people have stepped
up to assist, including John Hogg as
newly appointed president. Mr Hogg will
be supported in his role by Ohai farmer
Paul Stirling as vice president. Tori Lewis
has agreed to continue as secretary and
Cinnamon Levett will take on the treasurer
In doing so, their actions have greatly
assisted in sealing the pool's future.
"It is the best outcome," according to
outgoing vice president Karen Blomfield.
Mrs Blomfield has had a long association
with the pool and, together with a small
but hard-working committee, has managed
the pool through some very tough times in
The 33.3m covered pool is seen as a vital
asset in the community. It is used by two
local schools, has its own swimming club,
hosts weekly aqua-aerobics and is open
for public swim sessions throughout the
One local resident, present at last week's
public meeting, described the pool as one
of the best things about living in Ohai.
"There isn't a lot of opportunity here for the
kids. The pool is fantastic."
Pool future brighter
By Trudi Baird
Any bins given a red tag would not
be emptied and it would be up to the
householder to pay to have its contents
disposed of as rubbish at the transfer
station. Red tags would be issued for
overfull or overweight
bins or those
too close to
wrong direction or overpacked. They would
still be collected but householders warned
that failure to improve could lead to the bin
not being emptied in future.
Miss Peterson said recycling was a
community solution to a community
problem and it was up to everyone to do
their part. Anyone wanting to contribute
even further was welcome to assist with
bin checks and could express their interest
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
phoning (03) 211-1706.
"If anybody's keen to help out in that audit
we're more than happy to train some
Recycling bin inspections likely (Continued from Pg 1)
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