Rant or rave – your say
To be Vincent or not
Of the many musings of Mr Millis reported by the local press, surely the front page piece on a perceived need to change the name of the Vincent Community Board ( Mirror, Oct 15) has the least merit.
In my five years as a Vincent Community Board elected member, not one person raised a concern with me as to the name of the board; I suspect because people had more important matters to discuss.
The proposed ‘‘Alexandra/ Earnscleugh/Manuherikia Community Board’’ must surely be a question in the next spelling bee, and I doubt whether the proposed truncation to "Alexandra" would be met with joy in Clyde or Omakau.
Just as the proponents of the newly formed Molyneux Cricket Club saw the sense in a name that joined the community as one rather than ignoring vital components, the name ‘‘Vincent’’ should remain to do the same.
The name Vincent has significant meaning and historical relevance to a large number of local Central Otago residents who reside in a number of small towns and areas in and around Alexandra. Interesting even dubious origins associated with the name is not a reason to make the change.
My understanding from my high school history is that Oliver Cromwell, after whom that township is named, was not in fact a squeaky clean character either.
I find Stuart Millis’s comment regarding the previous community board’s decision to rename the amalgamated Borough and Council to be offensive and completely lacking in any understanding of the importance of the name Vincent to many of our locals. Would he like to rename our province or our country while he is at it? I wonder if old Vincent Pyke is not the only one with an ego problem? Christine
Brown Disappointed that your newspaper keeps reporting information from Stu Millis. If this is the most important thing he has to offer our community. That is sad.
K Chamberlain What Central Otago requires is an independent neutral board outside the role of council that supports all ages, based on the end of the school term.
Since local government reforms in 1989 the former counties within Central Otago should have been a rural community board, and the former boroughs should have been a urban community board, the Dunedin city should of considered the same, with the Otago Regional Council integrated into the overall plan.
The Central Otago District needs to be reduced by 50 per cent to reflect on its core services, as a government appointed board is put in place to complete budgets, set rate and put in place a universal rate for water upgrade etc.
The reforms need to be reviewed before a constitution crisis. We require a single board that serves its resident and ratepayers of the Central Otago District Council.
Glen Callanan, Clyde