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SHORT AND SHARP
Adele Beck and family
better will be making a
racket this summer. Why?
Beck has won a set of the
new speed badminton set,
courtesy of The Eye. Speed
badminton -- otherwise
known as speedminton -- is
a new generation racket
sport that combines the
best of tennis, squash and
Christine Uhlmann. She has
won tickets to see the New
Orchestra with former All
Black Anton Oliver as
narrator, in Invercargill in
October next year.
Carols by candlelight
The YMCA is holding Carols
by Candlelight at the
Queens Park Band Rotunda
on December 17. The event
will include the Ascot Park
Brass Band, The Ensemble,
Cinnamon Twist Quartet
and a number of singers.
The entertainment will
start at 8pm and the
traditional carol singing will
begin at 9pm. The event is
free of charge.
Chief starts job
The new chief executive of
Hospice Southland, Max
Reid, started on Monday.
Mr Reid moved to
Christchurch where he
worked with Richmond NZ --
a national mental health
and disability provider.
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Shun meters at your peril
Parking it: Parking meters have proved to be a good money spinner in Invercargill and all over the country.
What do you think about the
Invercargill City Council's parking
fines collection efforts? Are you
surprised by the returns? Do you
think the wardens are being too
tough? Or are drivers being
rightly fined for breaking the law?
Cash cow is
The Invercargill City Council's
four parking wardens issued
nearly $400,000 in fines in four
months but their boss says their
focus is not financial.
The three fulltime and one part-
time parking wardens issued a
whopping 8642 infringement
notices worth $374, 971 between
July and October. On average,
that meant each warden made an
impressive $93,742, and about
$23,000 a month, for the council.
But ICC council compliance
manager Debbie McCallum said
the final revenue figure for the
period would be about $300,00
because it had waived about 20
per cent of the original tickets.
Ms McCallum was also quick to
quash any suggestions that the
wardens might receive bonuses or
incentives for their efforts.
''God no,'' Ms McCallum said.
The council also pointed out that
those figures were on a par with
previous years when it made
nearly $1 million from parking
infringement notices in the most
recent 12-month period.
From July 2011 to June 2012, the
council netted $987,083 in parking
fines and tickets, down slightly
from the previous financial year
when $1,098,478 was collected.
As telling as those figures seem,
the ICC's parking wardens may
not be as good at their job as those
from the Nelson City Council.
In a five-month period, from July
to the end of November this year,
Nelson's two fulltime and three
part-time parking wardens
returned $565,905 in revenue in a
city with a slightly smaller
population than Invercargill.
Ms McCallum said despite haul-
ing in millions of dollars in
parking fines, her council's focus
was not financial but about
ensuring safety and fairness.
She said pay and display parking
was also a good alternative
because it let people coming into
the city to park for extended
periods of time.
Even with the range of parking in
the town centre, drivers
continued to rack up park-
ing fines with a total of 59,994
tickets issued from July 2010 to
October this year.
Parking infringement notices ran-
ged from $12 for being up to 30
minutes overdue, up to $200 for
failing to display a current
Warrant of Fitness and $600 for
commercial vehicles caught with
no or an outdated certificate of
But Ms McCallum said the city
was lucky regarding parking.
''We are fortunate in Invercargill
because we don't have to walk far
to reach unrestricted free parking
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