Clo­sure: Let’s not do this

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

Clutha Dis­trict Mayor Bryan Cado­gan and his brother Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan are mak­ing a last-ditch at­tempt to save Roxburgh Chil­dren’s Vil­lage from clos­ing by stag­ing an on­line ap­peal next week.

In a joint state­ment on Tues­day, the may­ors said it was not too late to fight back.

Since the re­cent an­nounce­ment that the Roxburgh res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­ity would close, they had been stopped in the street reg­u­larly by peo­ple de­scrib­ing their shock at the loss ‘‘and telling us their own sto­ries of fam­ily mem­bers and friends from their child­hood who they con­sid­ered saved by their time at the vil­lage’’.

Bryan Cado­gan met with police, Women’s Refuge, Angli­can Fam­ily Care and Sal­va­tion Army rep­re­sen­ta­tives at Bal­clutha on Tues­day to let them know that he and his brother were go­ing to rally sup­port and send a strong mes­sage to the Govern­ment:

‘‘This is not over yet,’’ he said. In a par­ody of the Labour party slo­gan ‘‘Let’s do this’’, the Cado­gan may­ors have or­gan­ised a cam­paign: ‘‘Roxburgh - let’s not do this’’.

On Tues­day, May 29 they want ev­ery­one ‘‘who cares about this sit­u­a­tion south of the Waitaki’’ to join in an ‘‘e-mob’’.

To par­tic­i­pate, the may­ors want peo­ple to email jacinda.ardern@par­lia­ment.govt.nz on May 29 with ‘‘Roxburgh — let’s not do this’’ in the sub­ject line; if pos­si­ble at­tach the Gar­rick Tre­main car­toon, be­ing dis­trib­uted by the coun­cil; and email ‘‘done’’ to rox­burgh­let­snot­dothis@gmail.com so num­bers can be ac­cu­rately recorded.

Only one email per per­son should be sent, they said.

‘‘This is the last chance to not go down with­out a fight and with­out let­ting Welling­ton know how the peo­ple of the South feel about what is be­ing done to this cru­cial ser­vice for our chil­dren,’’ the may­ors stated.

Story con­tin­ues on page 5. Min­is­ter’s re­sponse, page 24.

Clutha Dis­trict Mayor Bryan Cado­gan on the pend­ing Roxburgh Chil­dren’s Vil­lage clo­sure: ‘‘This is not over yet’’.

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