Gore Dsitrict Council - Focus on Mobility

FOCUS AREA: Mobility


Mobility enables access to living experiences.

Currently the ability to hold a drivers’ licence is seen as essential in enabling an older person to lead an
active life in Eastern Southland. This does not need to be the case, lack of transport should not be a barrier to
being in the community.

Mobility Aids

Ensuring that appropriate mobility aids are available and affordable for all.

  • Access to a variety of aids
  • Affordability of equipment

Mobility Aid options:

DRC Disabilities Resource Centre Southland

0800 100 531

Trained information consultants provide impartial information and advice on all matters associated with disability. After an operation, accident or illness it can be hard to locate the equipment, people and organisations who can help you.  DRC can help you find everything you need, including hiring and selling equipment.

DRC South

DRC have a mobile service that visits Gore, they offer demonstrations of and access to assistive equipment and daily aids, assess for Total Mobility scheme and provisions of up to date disability information/ advice. They stock a variety of walkers, walking sticks, toileting items, incontinence products and other disability equipment in the van.

Southern Mobility

03218 1161

Southern Mobility aim is to make lives of those who have limited physical abilities easier to manage. They believe that both the industry and people who use it deserve to know that there is equipment and gadgets available to help people to be as independent as possible. Sell, hire and service a wide range of equipment from mobility scooters to electric beds. Enable and ACC subcontractor

Southern Mobility

Mobility Parking Scheme

If you have limited mobility you may be able to get a permit which allows you to:

  • Park conveniently close to your destination in accessible reserved parking space
  • Also in Gore you can park in a metred space for free, up to allotted time

All applications have to be approved by a doctor. Your doctor will have application forms for you to fill in.

Public Transport

Owning a car and retaining a drivers licence should not be essential in leading an active life.

  • Affordable taxi service
  • Social bus service
  • Tailored services for people with mobility issues
  • Reduced reliance on own car/licence

Total Mobility is a nationwide scheme that provides subsidised transport to people with impairments. The scheme provides half-price fares for transport up to a maximum subsidy of $25 per one-way ride using a Ridewise card.

This is available to people who have an impairment because of a physical, sensory, intellectual, neurological or psychological impairment and are unable to drive.

MT Taxis accept Ridewise cards 03 208 1243

To apply in Gore contact one of the issuing agency contact:

Community Networking Trust – 03 208 8480

Presbyterian Support, Patricia Officer-Young 032080864 or email pofficeryoung@enlivensld.nz

DRC Mobile Service – 0800 100 531

Gore Taxis  03 208 9444 offer their own discount on presentation of a Ridewise card

St John Health Shuttle is a community service that transports people to essential medical and health-related appointments (mostly eyes, dental, hospital and Physiotherapy), and then brings them home again. Travels to Mataura, Balclutha, Invercargill and Dunedin

A donation is suggested per trip:

$20 to Invercargill

$40 to Dunedin

Phone 03 208 6617, if no answer please leave a message

Or 027 226 2298

Town Centre Design

Ensuring the town centre is suited to people with reduced physical ability.

  • Age-friendly access
  • Footpath condition
  • Shop and building access
  • Scooter movements

The Ready for Living Coordinator is advocating for ‘universal’ design through out the town centre, and ease of use on community buildings when items are being updated, including consulting on the new library build. This can cover many aspects within infrastructure from appropriate seating to design of mobility parks.

Needs Identification

Identifying those in need of support and connecting them with the appropriate services at the earliest possible time.

  • Determining who needs help
  • Establishing where help is available
  • Early intervention


We would love to hear from you! What do you think needs to be done to make Gore District the place you would want to stay in for your older years?