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Harness racing still being held at Ascot Park Raceway

HARNESS racing is still being held regularly at the Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill. Invercargill Harness Racing Club president Mark Shirley said because there had been so much publicity about the state of the galloping track many people did not realise there was more than one track and that the harness racing track was unaffected by all the problems. Southern Harness...

Suppliers challenged to ‘cook off’

THE group spearhearing protests about the quality of the food being served in southern hospitals and to Meals on Wheels recipients is to challenge food suppliers Compass Group to a ‘‘cook-off’’. Some of Compass’ food is prepared in Auckland and trucked south frozen and reheated, with many complaints the food is bland, watery, visually unappealing and sometimes inedible. The Real Food...

Project reaches fundraising target

STRONG international support has enabled a ground-breaking kakapo research project to reach its first fundraising target in just six weeks. A crowd-funding appeal for the Kakapo 125 Genomes Project was launched at the start of last month. The collaboration between researchers from the Department of Conservation’s Kakapo Recovery Group, Otago University and its NZ Genomics Ltd business, Duke University in the...

Public interest in preschool sought

TRAINED early childhood educa› tor Rose Cardoso is passionate about opening a Montessori preschool in Invercargill. Now she wants to find out whether others share her dream. She has organised a public meet› ing later this month where parents can find out more about the educational philosophy and ask questions. If there is enough support, Mrs Cardoso hopes to have the new...

Specialist contractor hired for sewerage jobs

A SPECIALIST contractor has been hired to carry out two major sewer› age projects in the city which are expected to cost well over $1 million. Connell Contractors staff were replacing a 120m section of a major pipeline alongside Bluff Highway, and would then begin an even more complicated project to renew 600m of pipeline in Mersey St, Invercargill City...

Library plans upset local storyteller

SOUTHLAND identity, storyteller and well›known former children’s librarian Liz Miller is upset about plans to incorporate the children’s section of the Invercargill public library into the adults’ section. ‘‘It’s absolutely ludicrous,’’ she said. ‘‘Children can’t be real and them› selves if they are in the adult area.’’ The Invercargill City Council (ICC) renovation plans include removing the walls currently separat› ing the...

Council looks to invest in building

THE Invercargill City Council (ICC) may invest in student apartments in Yarrow and Spey Sts built by the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). ‘‘Investing in property is not new business for us. Student accommodation however would be new for council,’’ ICC deputy mayor Darren Ludlow said. Councillors held a public excluded meeting last week to discuss the possibility of invest› ing...

Council steps in to secure land

URBAN rejuvenation group South Alive is celebrating. The Invercargill City Council (ICC) has stepped in to ensure the community park the group developed is secured for the future. ‘ It shows their faith in the sustainability of the whole urban rejuvenation of the area. ’ The ICC has bought three adjoining pieces of land beside the South City Mall which have a rateable...

New collection adds to city’s attractions

NEWS that a third transport-themed attraction will open in Invercargill later this year is music to the ears of Southland’s tourism boss Warrick Low. ‘‘This is epic... The smile on my face is huge,’’ the Venture Southland tourism and events manager said. ‘‘One of Southland’s challenges is having all-day, all-year-round attractions . It also fits with the ingenuity of the south...

Libraries look to strengthen ties

STRENGTHENING the collaboration between libraries operated by the three Southland councils has emerged as one of the major recommendations from a comprehensive review of Southland District Council (SDC) libraries. The review — the first major study since the SDC was created in 1989 — was carried out by independent consultant Sue Sutherland and considered by councillors two weeks ago. Libraries manager...
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