New hope for fa­mous fort

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

The fa­mous wooden fortress tow­er­ing over Lake Moana-nui may be sal­vage­able yet.

Un­til re­cently the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil was plan­ning on tear­ing down the pop­u­lar teen hang­out and re­plac­ing it be­cause of safety hazards.

The coun­cil held a text and Face­book poll seek­ing feed­back from the com­mu­nity on their pre­ferred op­tion. But at a com­mu­nity and as­sets com­mit­tee meet­ing the no­tion was put for­ward that per­haps the fortress could be sal­vaged, ei­ther by coun­cil or its orig­i­nal donator, the Toko­roa City Li­ons Club.

The is­sue was raised that the new play­ground may not ser­vice the older chil­dren as well as the fort does.

Coun­cil has or­dered the new $ 58,000 play­ground but where it will stand is still to be con­firmed.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

Of­fi­cial han­dover: Ivan and El­iz­a­beth Gray, left, are tak­ing over Ex­port Meat from long-stand­ing Toko­roa busi­ness own­ers Toby and Kay Cot­ter.

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