Foun­tain to be re­stored

Otago Daily Times - - Regions -

Oa­maru’s 105­year­old Craig Foun­tain will be re­stored at the Oa­maru Pub­lic Gar­dens af­ter Waitaki district coun­cil­lors ap­proved a $90,000 in­crease to the project’s bud­get on Wed­nes­day.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said re­cent pub­lic­ity about the ris­ing costs of the now $165,000 project showed ‘‘a lot of sup­port’’ for the foun­tain’s re­fur­bish­ment.

Cr Hugh Perkins, who last month raised the is­sue of a re­place­ment rather than a re­fur­bished foun­tain, led a failed bid to have the mat­ter de­ferred to the next coun­cil meet­ing to ‘‘look at a cou­ple of fully costed op­tions’’.

He asked for the coun­cil to con­sider a mod­ern de­sign. ‘‘When you open up play­ing with wa­ter and light there are 101 al­ter­na­tives,’’ he said.

Mr Kircher said he was open to the idea of a ‘‘mod­ern art foun­tain’’ but said there were other lo­ca­tions where it would be more suit­able. Cr Craig Daw­son voted against the in­creased project bud­get.

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