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By JESSICA MADDOCK
A proposal to increase the amount of
land set aside for expansion of
Molyneux Park was rejected when
the Vincent Community Board
considered a draft management plan
for the sports facility last week.
The board also decided to extend its
smokefree playgrounds policy to
cover the Alexandra park, on the
request of several submitters.
The management plan was updated
last year and released for public
comment in March, with 19 submis-
sions lodged. Changes resulting from
public feedback will now be made,
before the plan is ratified by the
board next month.
The draft plan proposed 3.5ha of land
neighbouring the park be left
undeveloped for future expansion of
the facility but, in a narrow vote of
four to three, board members opted
to keep the growth space at about
Board member Martin McPherson
said Molyneux Park was already
bigger than some city sports
facilities and he did not believe more
space would be required, saying
traditional sports were battling to
''Alexandra used to have three
senior rugby teams, now it's
struggling to get one.''
Central Otago District Council parks
and recreation manager, Mathew
Begg, backed up council staff's
opinion that more land be set aside,
saying Alexandra's population grew
by 15 per cent during the five years
to the 2006 Census and he anticipated
further growth when the 2013
Census results were released.
Molyneux Park facilities attracted
about 150 bookings a month, which
reflected both growth and a more
stringent booking system, he said.
But board member Graeme Bell said
retaining Molyneux Park as the
town's sports hub -- which had
always been the plan -- was ''tunnel
visioned'' because, if the population
grew considerably, people would
want sports fields ''in their back-
Other members Claire Goudie and
James Armstrong agreed more land
was not necessary.
Chairperson Clair Higginson and
members Tim Cadogan and Barrie
Wills supported more land being set
aside, but they were out-voted.
Trevor Breen was not at the meeting.
The board also supported several
submitters' requests for the smoke-
free playgrounds policy to be
extended to Molyneux Park. Signs
would be erected to discourage
smoking but it was not a bylaw
which would be policed.
The draft plan also allowed camping
on parts of Molyneux Park, provid-
ing campers had council approval.
The New Zealand Motor Caravan
Association had an agreement with
the council to use part of the park.
But Mr Bell did not support a long-
term agreement, saying some camp-
ing ground operators felt it was
Mr Begg said association members
kept a record of the money they
spent in the town and it was ''quite
First Grahame Sydney exhibition
What: Grahame Sydney
When: July 12 to August 25
Where: Central Stories Museum
and Gallery, Alexandra
Photos: Artist Grahame Sydney will
hold his first exhibition at Central
Stories this month. Photo: SUPPLIED
By JESSICA MADDOCK
Highly acclaimed artist Gra-
hame Sydney is exhibiting at
Central Stories this month, for
the first time since the gallery
and museum opened seven
General manager Rachel Check-
etts said it was an exciting coup
for the gallery, as Sydney rarely
exhibited his work.
''We invited him to exhibit -- he
is our art patron.''
The photographic exhibition
opens to members of Central
Stories and invited guests on
July 11 and to the public the
Miss Checketts said it was a
large exhibition of at least 50
photographs, mostly taken dur-
ing winter in Central Otago.
''It's got a Maniototo focus -- Ida
Valley and places like that.''
Sydney would also give a public
presentation on August 11 at
1pm, at which members of the
public would have the oppor-
tunity to ask him questions. The
talk would be free to attend.
Sydney's work features in New
Zealand's major galleries and
museums -- the iconic Rozzie at
Pisa hangs in Te Papa in
Wellington and his Self-Portrait
at Fifty is in the Christchurch
Art Gallery - and in private
collections throughout the
world. His website says he now
paints for private clients and is
a meticulously slow worker.
Relief cocktail: Alexandra Monteith's Brewery Bar cocktail maker James Dobson and duty manager Shannon
McKelvey sip on cocktails in preparation for a cocktail evening being held at the restaurant on Saturday night to
raise funds for the CT scanner appeal.
Fun night shaken, not stirred
By CHE BAKER
What: James Bond themed
When: Saturday, July 6, 7pm
Where: Alexandra Monteith's
Brewery Bar Centennial Ave
How much: Tickets $25 and are
available from Monteiths or
Super Liquor Alexandra.
Central Otago residents are
being urged to dust off their
cocktail dresses and James
Bond-styled suits for a good
A James Bond cocktail night is
being held at the Alexandra
Monteith's Brewery Bar on
Saturday night to raise funds for
the Friends of Dunstan CT
Restaurant owner Liz Alabaster
said the event was the chance to
pull on a cocktail dress, which
was likely not getting much
action during winter, as well as
raise funds for the CT scanner
''Money is still required for the
ongoing costs of the scanner,''
Miss Alabaster said.
Prizes, including gym member-
ships and a photo shoot, would
be given to the best dressed
Bond Boy and Bond Girl and for
the best Bond Couple.
Tickets $25 with $10 being
donated to the scanner appeal.
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