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On tour...Newly elected council members get ready to board a bus for a tour of the district. Back row, from left councillors Sally Parker and Barbara Gilchrist, mayor Nigel Bowen and Cr Richard Lyon. Front, councillors Allan Booth and Gavin Oliver. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

Investigating the sale of part of the Highfield Golf Course for possible housing is one of the options being considered by Timaru District Council.

Council infrastructure group manager Ashley Harper advised new district councillors and senior council staff on a bus tour around the district this option was being considered.

“There are fantastic views from up there,” he said, referring to the top section of the course, which was closed for play at the end of June and the course reduced to nine holes.

Mr Harper said possible land sales would provide a chance to obtain revenue for the council.

Parks and recreation manager Bill Steans said a concept plan was being prepared to look at “opportunities” for the land.

The lease of the golf course land to the Timaru Town and Country Club is due to run out on June 30 next year.

A golf hub was being considered and he said a playground off Lindsay St could be upgraded or a new site found.

A confidence course established by Roundtable could also receive an upgrade.

Mr Steans said there were opportunities for walkways, tree planting and stormwater work being undertaken.

Mayor Nigel Bowen and councillors Richard Lyon, Allan Booth, Barbara Gilchrist, Sally Parker and Gavin Oliver undertook the day-long tour of key council infrastructure and sites.

These included the Gleniti stormwater bunds, Southern Trust Events Centre, Gleniti and Claremont reservoirs, Patiti Point, Redruth Resource Recovery Park port area and CBay in the morning.

In the afternoon the tour continued to Pleasant Point, Geraldine, Temuka, Milford, Timaru Airport and Washdyke Industrial Park.