Closure: Let’s not do this
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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’’.