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Rural-town divide to raise funds
Boots versus suits: Southland Spirit of a Nation brand co-ordinator
Gerry Forde polishing off his suit and gumboots in preparation for a
major community fundraising event in Winton in July. Teams from
town and country will battle it out to raise funds for several local
groups, while the public are entertained with a night of fun and
Photo: MARY WITSEY
Town and country
What: Central Southland boots v suits variety show and auction.
When: July 13.
Where: Memorial Hall Winton.
Why: Raising funds for the Moore Reserve consortium of
football, league and touch, Hillside Primary School and the
Winton Skatepark and Pool.
Who: Everyone is welcome, with tickets on sale Tuesday, June 4.
Contact: REAP on 236 6008.
By MARY WITSEY
Tickets go on sale this week for a
major Central Southland fundra-
ising event which will support
several new developments in
The boots will be taking on the
suits as Winton town goes head to
head with country at the Winton
Memorial Hall on July 13 as the
two teams battle it out for
supremacy in entertaining and
It's all for a good cause, with the
aim to raise money for much-
needed facilities in Winton,
including the town's new
skatepark, and Southland Spirit
of a Nation brand co-ordinator
Gerry Forde is ready to support
them in achieving their goals.
''It's going to be a great
community night, when everyone
works together for the benefit of
the town,'' Mr Forde says.
The Winton Country team will
raise funds for the Winton
Football, Rugby League and
Touch Clubs and their proposed
Moore's Reserve consortium
development, and for Hillside
The Winton Town team will be
working for the Winton
Skatepark and Community Pool
''We're raising community spirit
and community funds with a
night of fun, humour and auction
fund-raising. Everyone gets some-
thing out of it and in reality
everyone wins because the funds
stay in the community and go
towards assets that everyone can
enjoy,'' Mr Forde says.
Clean Air: Environment Southland
principle environmental technical officer
Karl Erikson installs new air quality
monitoring equipment in Winton amid
concerns about excessive pollution levels
in the town.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
Air quality being tested
How to improve air quality ---
Environment Southland suggests:
Burn only dry wood.
Burn smaller, hotter fires because
these are more efficient.
Never overload your burner with too
much wood or coal.
Do not dampen down your burner.
By MARY WITSEY
Possible air pollution problems in
Winton have prompted Environ-
ment Southland to install hi-tech air
quality monitoring equipment in the
Environment Southland principle
environmental technical officer Karl
Erikson said the equipment, worth
about $50,000, was operational this
week and included two air-moni-
toring machines and supplementary
The equipment would measure
pollution in the air -- predominantly
coming from domestic heating.
The equipment had been brought to
Winton because readings which
exceeded national environmental
standards had already been recorded
in the town.
''There's a strong suspicion that we
could have pollution problems
here,'' Mr Erikson said.
''If the air quality is not good it will
have health implications, with
research showing bad air pollution
increases hospital admissions.''
Environment Southland was
charged with monitoring air quality
around Southland, gauging the
levels of microscopic particulates of
matter in the air known as PM10,
which in Southland primarily came
from domestic coal and wood
Invercargill and Gore were the only
two air shed areas in Southland.
Monitoring equipment was recently
removed from Te Anau
because the air quality
there was good.
''If prescribed levels
are exceeded in Winton
more than twice, the
town will be gazetted as
an air shed and
land will remain here
monitoring the area . . .
''If Winton is regularly
exceeding the limits
there will be implica-
tions for the public.''
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