Who's counting? Photo supplied.
With the mystery of Mosgiel's population now solved, it
is time to update the suburb's welcome sign, Mosgiel-Taieri
community board member Bill Feather says.
For the past two or three years, there have been discussions
about the need to update the Pearl of the Plain sign, which
gives Mosgiel's population as 9063.
Mr Feather said the problem had always been where the
official boundaries of the suburb were, and how many people
were now resident.
Census figures were released last month showing Mosgiel's
population to be 12,618.
He believed the figure and the suburb's boundaries were
generally accepted by the community.
''So now it will happen.
''We won't be waiting till the next census to make the
It was hoped the topic would come up for discussion at the
community board's first meeting of the triennium on November
When he first investigated a few years ago, it was discovered
the sign was erected by a service organisation and the
''Pearl of the Plain'' phrase was possibly the result of an
early Mosgiel promotion group campaign.
''They coined the phrase and it stuck.''
When they last looked at refreshing the sign, it had been
proposed to update the design and logo, but there had not
been much enthusiasm, he said.
''So I suspect this time it'll just be a fresh coat of paint
and the number updated.''
Issues such as who would do the work and ''foot the bill''
would need to be discussed by the board, he said.