A new war memorial for the former West Otago township of
Kelso has received support from the area's community board,
and could be in place by next Anzac Day.
At the West Otago Community Board meeting on Wednesday,
member John Herbert said the project was moving ahead, and a
draft had been presented to the West Otago branch of the Gore
RSA, which was pleased with the design.
Community board members were also happy with the design, with
chairwoman Barbara Hanna saying it was a worthwhile project.
The board moved that $7000 should be earmarked for the
memorial from the projects fund.
The proposed concrete war memorial would be almost 2m high
and would reproduce the names of those on the Kelso honours
board - both the fallen and those who served. There are
nearly 100 names from Kelso. It is planned to place the war
memorial near the Kelso flood memorial.
The RSA was looking into running a working bee to help reduce
costs, as the project had an estimated pricetag of nearly
$7800, Mr Herbert said.
He hoped the memorial could be unveiled by Anzac Day next
The idea was brought to the board's attention in March and
members agreed to speak to the West Otago community to gauge
if there was public support for it. The idea has received
support from the RSA and Kelso residents.
Relatives of those who left Kelso to serve in World War 1 or
World War 2 have also expressed their support, with some
people from the North Island contacting Mr Herbert.
After a "100-year flood" swept through Kelso in 1978, the
town was rebuilt, only to be abandoned after another flood
struck in 1980.