Lake offers great Kiwi camping experience Roundup by gabyion


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 Lake offers great Kiwi camping experience                                                                                                                  Roundup

                                                                                                        TRANQUIL      WATERS:     Lake    Rotorangi
                                                                                                        provides a tranquil getaway for kayaking,
                                                                                                        and a plenty of calm water for water skiers.

                                                                                                                                                          PARK FOR POOCHES: Knight and Viking
                                                                                                                                                          took owner Shirley Hayward to check out the
                                                                                                                                                          new dog exercise area being trialled by the
                                                                                                                                                          Council at Clapham Common on the corner
                                                                                                                                                          of High Street and Cameron St. During the
                                                                                                                                                          trial period, ending December 24, Dogs are
                                                                                                                                                          allowed to be off the leash but must be kept
                                                                                                                                                          under control at all times. The Council is
                                                                                                                                                          keen to get feedback to help decide if the
                                                                                                                                                          exercise area should become permanent.
PUTTING SOMETHING BACK: Trustees Kevin Lockely, Graeme Patten and Kelvin
Muggeridge are giving their time and skills to ensure the Council-owned camp ground is
well cared for. Dexter Kennedy is also a trustee.                                                                                                         Patea refuse delay
                                                                                                                                                            Development of the new Patea Transfer
                                                                                                                                                          Station has been delayed and the Council is
   South     Taranaki’s     “ultimate    family    group. The Trust has been formally contracted        welcome offers of sponsorship for the event.
                                                                                                                                                          making temporary arrangements for disposal of
campground” at Patea Dam is getting a facelift,    by South Taranaki District Council for jobs            Trustee Graeme Patten says the Trust            the town’s refuse when the district landfill closes
thanks to a passionate group of people who         including upgrading the camp fence, painting         members and their families had got a lot out of   at the end of this month. From December 1 all
treasure idyllic summers fishing, boating and      the ablution block and installing a second solar     their camping experiences at the lake over        commercial refuse will be taken to Hawera
enjoying holidays away from television,            panel for water heating. They will continue to       many years and had decided to “put something      Transfer Station, which is being upgraded with
cellphones and other distractions of 21st          monitor the condition of the camp facilities         back into it”.                                    the addition of a weighbridge and compactor.
century living.                                    and report any maintenance requirements to
                                                                                                          “We want to preserve the experience of the      Council contractors will then take it to the
   The Council-owned campground at the             the Council, as well as receiving campers’
                                                                                                        bring-everything-yourself remote camping          regional landfill at Colson Rd, New Plymouth.
southern end of Lake Rotorangi, at the end of      donations and passing them onto the Council.
                                                                                                        holiday,” says Mr Patten. “It’s an affordable     Large skips will be provided at the former Patea
Ball Road, is attracting growing numbers of        The contract also provides for daily cleaning of
                                                                                                        holiday for families, away from shops and other   landfill for residents wanting to dump domestic
visitors from water ski enthusiasts to             the toilets and showers from December to
                                                                                                        demands of modern life. It’s great to see         refuse. The transfer station area is now expected
international tourists in campervans. At the       May and twice weekly during the off-peak
                                                                                                        teenagers learning to communicate, and kids of    to be ready for use at the end of January.
height of the summer school holiday season it      months.
                                                                                                        all ages trying new things.                       Free lunchtime workshop
is home to up to 100 campers a night. Hawera’s       Mr Canham says he was impressed by the
Tawhiti School holds summer camps at the           work being done by the trustees. “The facilities       “It really is the great Kiwi camping              The final workshop in the Keystone Taranaki
lake for up to 200 children.                       are spotlessly clean and well maintained;            experience,” says Mr Patten.                      capacity building series designed particularly for
   Some of the facilities had become rundown       they’re a credit to the trustees. The result is an     The Trust plans to erect signs with             volunteer organisations will be held at
and a group of regular campers put their hands     inviting and well appointed remote camping           information about the lake and campground,        lunchtime     on    Tuesday     November       27.
up to do painting and minor repair work in         experience,” he says.                                and to spell out the rules about hunting only     Developing Strategy and Policy will look at what
time for the 2007-08 season. The Lake                The Trust has a range of events planned for        being allowed on Department of Conservation       makes a good strategy and how to use policy to
Rotorangi/Patea Dam Caretakers Trust was           campers during the coming holiday season             land by permit holders – not on private or        implement it. Details from Claire Symes on 0800
formed by Kevin Lockley and Kelvin                 including competitions, hangi nights and             council property.                                 111 323 or
Muggeridge (Hawera), Graeme Patten (New            children’s events. The traditional New Year’s          The Patea Dam, which sits at the southern       Eltham floats wanted
Plymouth) and Dexter Kennedy (Patea Dam            Day Challenge is popular with children who           end of 46-kilometre long Lake Rotorangi, was        The Eltham Lions Club Christmas Parade will
caretaker). Tauranga-based parks and recreation    compete in activities including kayaking,            built by the Egmont Electric Power Board and      have all the fun of the fair on Saturday
specialist Geoff Canham is working with the        abseiling and fishing, and the Trust would           has been producing power since 1984.              December 15, and the Lions are keen to see lots
                                                                                                                                                          of floats vying for attention. The market day will
                                                                                                                                                          run from 10am and the parade starts at noon.

 Land swap for access                                                          Egmont Plains CB                                                           Register your float for the parade now, or call
                                                                                                                                                          Geoff on 764 8082 for details.
                                                                                                                                                          Get in the swing with golf fundraiser
  South Taranaki District Council is swapping the former Opunake                                                                                            The Local sports bar and Pelorus Trust are
Saleyards site for land that will enable it to safeguard public access to                                                                                 bringing some heavy-duty star power to South
Opunake Lake.                                                                                                                                             Taranaki for a Hub fundraiser golf teams event
                                                                                                                                                          on Friday December 7 – so start practising that
  “We are delighted with the result of our negotiations with New                                                                                          swing now and organise a team or two from
Zealand Energy Ltd,” says Council Community Services and                                                                                                  your club or workplace. Cost is $140 per team of
Development Manager Jan Martin. “Opunake Lake and the Waiaua                                                                                              four and it will be an ambrose event with the
River are an important recreational asset for the local community and                                                                                     day starting at 11am and tee off at noon. The
visitors, and the Council is keen to complete the walkway to Aytoun                                                                                       Local Sportsbar will be holding a prize giving
Street.”                                                                                                                                                  and auction at 5pm. Former All Black
  Ms Martin, pictured at the lake with South Taranaki mayor Ross               GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: The Egmont Plains Community                      (Paekakariki Express) Christian Cullen will be
Dunlop, says the Council will have ownership of the triangular property      Board met for the first time since the October 13 elections, and             there, along with a couple of other current or
at 7 Layard St which is the site of carparking and public toilets built by   elected Opunake teacher Sharon Arlidge as chair with Cr Ian Smith            former All Blacks yet to be confirmed. Entry
Opunake Lions Club. It also gains an esplanade strip along the river and                                                                                  forms available at the Council and The Local in
                                                                             as deputy. Pictured from left are: Kaye Lally (Opunake LibraryPlus),
a bush-covered area sloping down to the river. New Zealand Energy has                                                                                     Princes Street.
                                                                             Cr Ian Smith, board members Ron Brewer (obscured) and Ann
commissioned a real estate firm to sell                                                                                                                   Night owls needed
some sections on the land it has                                             Gibson, Council Community Services & Development Manager Jan
acquired in the swap, and the Council                                        Martin, Mrs Arlidge, Council minute-taker Meg Pearce, Mayor Ross               Are you someone who enjoys meeting new
is applying to have the area it is                                           Dunlop, board member Brian Vincent and Egmont Plains                         people, travelling and working for yourself? The
taking over classified by Department                                         Community Development Advisor Kelly Martyn.                                  Council needs friendly people to be our after
of Conservation as a recreational                                                                                                                         hours animal services and noise control
                                                                               Eltham and Hawera Community Boards also met last week, with                contractors. There are a number of positions
reserve, under Council management.                                           Cr Gordon Lawson elected chair at Eltham with Alan Hawkes as                 available and applicants may consider taking up
  “It’s pleasing that this has been                                          deputy chair, while the Hawera board elected Cr Peter Johnson as             both roles jointly. If this sounds like you please
achieved at no cost to the Council,                                          chair and Fiona Hicks as deputy. A byelection will be held for the           make contact for more information or pick up
apart from subdivision fees,” says Ms                                        Patea Community Board on February 12, 2008 with nominations                  an application form from the Council, phone
Martin.                                                                      closing December 24.                                                         0800 111 323.

               South Taranaki District Council
               P: 06 278 0555 or 0800 111 323

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