Eastern Southland to reap the benefits

Eastern Southland to reap the benefits
Sitting pretty: the construction of the nutritional plant has been the biggest investment that the Gore district has seen.

Eastern Southland is forecast to benefit to the tune of $90 million annually from the largest industrial plant to be built in the region in recent decades.
During construction, the Mataura Valley Milk project has been pumping millions into Gore through contractor, sub-contractor and service industry work at its McNab site. Once commissioned, it is expected to be a gift that keeps on giving.
Southland Chamber of Commerce Eastern Southland representative Ewen Whitefield says a tour which members attended last month provided an insight into just how leading edge and world class the plant will be.
“Over the past years, during the construction phase, we have seen the work force grow dramatically in numbers and many of these people are now living in the area. This has had a positive effect on our community,” Ewen says.
“Long term, those who will work at the plant may choose to live in the area and surrounding districts generating encouraging growth.”
He says Mataura Valley Milk have been very supportive of the community as a whole and have formed good relationships that will continue on into the future with many local organisations and businesses.
“The long term spin-offs from MVM can only be seen as a massive boost to this area as well as the wider Southland and Otago regions.”
Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry says the construction of the nutritional plant was the biggest investment the Gore district had seen.
The council is small in terms of staff numbers and the project has touched almost every department from building and roading, to its 3 Waters and communications, he says.
“It became obvious very early on that we needed someone on staff as the point of contact to coordinate inquiries and make sure everyone was on the same page.”
A senior member of the council’s building control team stepped up into this role and it has worked very well, Stephen says.
“As a regulatory body we have obligations to our residents and the environment. However, we also need to ensure we do not erect unnecessary barriers for anyone wanting to invest in our community’s future.”
He says that the development of an industrial hub to process wastewater from the plant is one example of the strong professional relationship that has developed between Mataura Valley Milk and council staff.
“MVM had the confidence in the council to entrust us with overseeing the construction of this $7.8 million investment and its eventual operation.”

Eastern Southland to reap the benefits
The development of the Mataura Valley Milk nutrition facility has been pumping millions into Gore through contractor, subcontractor and service industry works.

Since construction started, there has been additional demand for housing and rental accommodation in Gore. First National Gore principal Tara Maxwell says she has seen has seen a very positive flow-on effect in the town’s real estate market “in all regards”.
This includes managed houses provided by Mataura Valley Milk to some staff, with properties being rented, furnished and requiring cleaners and grounds people. “We’ve seen a demand for that type of property, putting staff in and having it managed for them.”
“They are putting those really good support systems around staff which I think is great.”With the average house sale price in Gore around $220,000, most houses sold are from $200,000 to $300,000 and it is in this range where supply has been tight.
There has also been an increase in demand from buyers in the higher end of the market. “It’s definitely been good for Gore. It’s good to see growth.”
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