Call-out for Waikoikoi committee
A Waikoikoi war memorial committee is to be formed to look at the option of full replacement or repair of the monument, between Tapanui and Gore.
West Otago Community Board member Cecil Crawford, who has been leading the project, reported on progress at the last meeting, held at Tapanui last Wednesday.
The distinctive monument’s poor state of repair has been mentioned in community board agendas for some months.
It is situated in a prominent position close to the West Otago-Eastern Southland border on State Highway 90, on the Pukerau – Kelso intersection.
A public meeting was held recently at the Waikoikoi domain to get feedback from the community about how to proceed with the project, but was poorly attended, Crawford confirmed.
But despite this, he was confident that the community wanted something done about the monument.
‘‘I think people are in favour,’’ he told members and council staff at the community board meeting.